Project Details:

Location: Houston, TX  USA
Stainless Steel Used: Over 200,000 lbs. (90,718 kilos)
Infinity-Edge Length: 77 ft. (23.5 m)
Lazy River Length: 550 ft. (168 m)
Grand Opening: October 2016

Downtown Houston is bustling with builds, from new skyscrapers to much-needed residential units. None, however, can boast any features quite like the rooftop lazy river and infinity-edge pool, terrace and water features coming to the Marriott Marquis Houston.

Everything is bigger in Texas! The Texas-shaped lazy river and infinity-edge rooftop swimming pool will be one of the highlights at the sixth Marriott Marquis Hotel property opening in Houston this September.

Project Overview

The Marriott Marquis Houston, which is scheduled to open in late fall 2016, will contain one thousand rooms, as well as some amazing water features.


The new 1,000 room Marriott Hotel, just west of the George R. Brown Convention Center near Discovery Green will have over 100,000 square feet (9,290 square meters) of meeting space, including the largest ballroom in Houston. It will provide an excellent space for conferences and retreats, as well as relaxation for any Marriott visitors. The swanky terrace also will include a separate pavilion, infinity pool and plenty of lush greenery, providing the outdoor space a swanky vibe.

Other amenities of the hotel include a sky bridge connecting to the nearby George R. Brown Convention Center. A Texas-shaped lazy river, an infinity-edge rooftop swimming pool, terrace and much more are being built in downtown Houston as part of the convention center update. Natare Corporation has been selected to provide the stainless steel specialty pools and spa located on the rooftop of the hotel. The specialty swimming pools will be the crowning jewel on this $335-million-dollar project designed by Morris Architects of Houston.

Texas-Shaped Lazy River

The 550-foot (168 meters) long lazy river in the shape of Texas. Water jets will propel swimmers around on inflatable tubes. When swimmers are quickly approaching the western tip of the Texas map (where El Paso is located), they will be thrilled to see a clear, acrylic wall overlooking the roof’s edge before water jets shoot them southeast along the path of the Rio Grande.


Splash Pad, Infinity-Edge & Spa

In the center of the Texas lazy river, children will be able to play in the water features of a circular splash pad, 20 feet (6.1 meters) in diameter. The stainless steel “bowl” of the splash pad will be lined with stone pavers, through which water will drain back to the filtration system. Along the edge of the same rooftop will be an impressive 77-foot (23.5 meter) long infinity pool, where swimmers can relax and look out over the Houston skyline and Houston’s Discovery Green below.


A large spa will round out all of these water features. The spa is composed of two large, overlapping rectangular sections, each one about 8 feet by 10 feet (2.4 meters by 3 meters). Over 200,000 pounds (90,718.5 kilos) of stainless steel will be used to construct these swimming pools in Natare’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Indianapolis, IN. The huge lazy river walls and stainless steel spa will be custom-made for the Marriott Marquis hotel.


The pools will be water-tested for a leak-proof finish to withstand decades of use before it leaves the Indianapolis building and is transported to Texas. A large crane will lift the 200,000 pounds (90,716 Kilo) of stainless steel pool in pieces, lifted to sky and lowered and setting it into place on the rooftop of this big Texas hotel.

Job Opportunities

The hotel is a project of Rida Development and Houston First, the agency operating the convention center. They teamed up with Morris Architects for this project, which will add more than 1,800 construction jobs and 700 permanent jobs to Houston’s hospitality industry. The Marriott Marquis is expected to open in the spring of 2016.

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