An Acquest-led Development Team was awarded the development rights to the project by the Erie County Convention Center Authority. Subsequently, Acquest entered into a Development Management Agreement with the Authority to manage the development of the entire complex. Acquest facilitated and administered the financing, developed the project, negotiated the franchise and marketing agreements and successfully asset managed the hotel during ramp up.
The Bayfront Convention Center complex consists of several building elements: a 136,000 square foot state of the art convention center, an eight story, 203-room Sheraton Hotel, and a 350 space parking garage. Located on Erie’s beautiful Presque Isle Bay, this $100M project is unique in that the various component parts of the complex are situated on two different parcels separated by a channel. The Sheraton Hotel and Parking Garage is situated on West Dobbins Landing.
Surrounded by water on three sides, the hotel is connected by a pedestrian skywalk to the adjacent convention center located on the Sassafras Pier site. The pedestrian skywalk, or bridge, is a deep steel truss design with glass walls, offering dramatic views of the bay and the city to people inside. The climatized skywalk, situated 65 feet above the mean high water level of the channel it traverses, connects via elevator towers to both the hotel and the convention center.
It is configured to allow public access from West Dobbins Landing to Sassafras Pier. The guestrooms occupy the upper six and one half floors. The hotel ground floor houses the lobby, registration desk, grand stair to the second floor meeting spaces, lobby seating with fireplace, bar, dining room, private dining room, spa, exercise room and public toilets. The lobby is designed for clear sight lines through the hotel to Presque Isle Bay. The bar and the dining room are next to the bay and open out onto an outdoor terrace for summer dining.