Gaylord Pacific Resort Hotel and Convention Center rendering
Gaylord Pacific Resort Hotel and Convention Center / Chula VistaCA
How can a hospitality construction firm bring cost savings to a multi-acre development and entertainment destination?

With almost 2 million square feet of enclosed space on 22 stories and breathtaking ocean views, the Gaylord Pacific Resort Hotel and Convention Center will anchor the future development of the Chula Vista, CA bay front area. Building on the success of the Gaylord Rockies Hotel in Denver, Mortenson was RIDA Development Corporation’s preferred hospitality construction firm for the Gaylord Pacific project. Mortenson joined forces with McCarthy’s San Diego office, bringing local expertise through an established partnership to this project.

When original pricing for the hotel construction project came in over budget, the Gaylord Pacific project team worked in collaboration with the project stakeholders to implement lessons learned and realize approximately $35 million in savings through the Target Value Delivery (TVD) process, ensuring the project was able to move forward. In addition to leading the overall construction of the development, the Mortenson | McCarthy team will self-perform the concrete scope of work.

Featuring the latest in hotel construction trends, the resort hosts 1,600 rooms, multiple restaurants including a speakeasy and sports bar featuring a 76-foot screen, several resort-style pools including a lazy river, swim-up bar and wave pool, and an array of recreational facilities including a spa and fitness center. The state-of-the-art convention center features an enormous open-floor exhibit hall space with meeting rooms, elevated ballrooms, and support areas to host large-scale hospitality events.

Gaylord Pacific is being built to comply with all requirements of California’s energy code title 24, which exceeds that of LEED certified buildings. It also accounts for all coastal development mandates making it one of the most sustainable hotel and resort destinations in America.

Work officially began for the hotel construction project on May 31, 2022. The Gaylord Pacific Resort Hotel and Convention Center is expected to open to the public in summer of 2025.

Facts And Figures

Gaylord Pacific Resort Hotel and Convention Center

Projected for completion summer 2025


2,000,000 square feet

22 story, 1,600 room hotel

400,000 square feet of convention center

600-stall design-build parking lot

Delivery Methods

Construction Manager at Risk

The Team