View from what will be the new Hilton Garden Inn roof garden when the hotel opens later this year.
Construction workers have nearly completed the building's shell.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A major downtown Louisville construction project marked a special occasion Thursday.
Construction is in high gear on the $20 million hotel being built on the southeast corner of Fourth and Chestnut Streets in the heart of downtown.
"We are about to make the last pour of the structural concrete that forms the building," Architect-Developer Bill Weyland of City Properties Group told WDRB News on Wednesday during a tour of the project.
A topping off ceremony was held Thursday to mark the completion of the building's shell.
When all of the construction is finished later this year it will be an eight-story Hilton Garden Inn.
Weyland is working with First Hospitality Group of Chicago to build the hotel.
Construction was slowed somewhat by the harsh winter weather. But with the hot summer weather now here it's full speed ahead for construction workers on the project.
Weyland is enthusiastic about the hotel's large outdoor roof garden with views of Fourth Street and the city's skyline, and believes it will be a huge hit with visitors and locals alike.
"I'm really excited about it because it gives Louisvillians another option," Weyland said. "If they are at the Palace down the street or at the Mercury Ballroom next door, their late night stop might well be right here."
Food services and meeting rooms will also be on the top floor which is a bit unusual for hotels -- most of the time they are on the lower floors.
With several other hotel projects either under construction or on the drawing board some feel the downtown hotel market is becoming saturated.
Weyland doesn't think so.
"I personally believe that we have been under served by about 600 to 900 rooms and now we are just playing catchup," Weyland said.
He hopes to have the hotel open sometime during the fourth quarter of this year.
"We are trying to put the walk ability back in Louisville and tie this South Fourth Street location back into the main vision for this city."