Myefsky Architects

Liberty Way

Liberty Way

Marquette, MI

This nearly 121,000 sf project creates from a three-acre brownfield site an urban square, surrounded by three distinct, complementary structures. An extended stay hotel, offices, a banking facility, and dining amenities all co-exist within this former industrial site. The overall design aesthetic is reflective of the rhythm of Marquette’s historic buildings and includes use of the reddish sandstone native to the area.

The site’s dominate structure at 68,898 sf sf houses the 82-unit Staybridge Suites Hotel, which accommodates extended stay guests over four floors. Guest rooms include living and sleeping quarters with kitchenettes and range from studio to one- and two-bedroom configurations. Guest reception functions occur within the two-story entry lobby where visitors transition into the great room with sweeping lake views beyond the outdoor terrace and Marquette hillside. In addition to lounging and dining in the great room, hotel amenities include a modern conference center, fitness center, and laundry facility. A strong connection to the city’s network of biking and walking trails is reinforced through welcoming of the community to the grand terrace and roof terrace.

A 23,248 sf bank built as the first phase of the new mixed-use development anchors the northwest corner of the site. Retail banking activities take place on the first floor and commercial lending and executive offices are engaged on the second floor. The third floor features office suites with expansive views of the Lake Superior shoreline.

On the northeast corner of the site a 28,491 sf three-story commercial building is designed to host a four-vendor food court on the first floor, retail amenities on the second floor, and commercial office space on the upper floor.

Extensive underground parking interconnects each building and holds about 120 vehicles.

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