The non-profit organization Texas Biocorridor has announced the opening of its first hotel, The Atlas Hotel, which is planned to officially open in the second quarter of 2016. The 4-star boutique hotel, which will be located at the center of The Atlas Town Center at Traditions in Bryan, Texas, is expected to host and facilitate the visitation of both scientists and visitors to the planned biotech community.
The new hotel will be managed by the award-winning firm Trust Hospitality, which specializes in operations of high-end, independent properties, and is already in charge of hotels in New York, Miami, the Caribbean, and in the Central and South America. The partnership will allow Atlas to be included in the growing Trust family of hotels.
“Novel partnerships across government, industry, and academia have been essential for establishing the Texas A&M BioCorridor. Now, Atlas, is bringing to life the vibrant innovation environment necessary to transform Texas into the “third coast in biotechnology,” said the chief executive officer of Texas A&M Health Science Center, Brett P. Giroir, M.D.
Atlas is a 200-acre facility that works as a master planned community in both Bryan and College Station. It is the epicenter of the region’s emerging One Health Plus Biocorridor. Atlas is not only a corporate campus, but it also aims to propitiate a healthy and comfortable environment for researchers, namely being pedestrian friendly and wellness focused. It is also meant to be an alternative for professionals and families to the hustle and bustle of the student-oriented retail, restaurant, and housing that dominates the region.
“We anxiously anticipate the opening of a truly unique hotel experience with The Atlas Hotel. It will be a wonderful addition to the Bryan, Texas landscape and will especially increase the convenience of researchers and other visitors to our biotech development area, “ says Jason Bienski, Mayor of Bryan, Texas.
The building will be designed by the FAB Studio of Dallas, Texas, who will serve as the architect on the project, and the interior architectural design services will be will be led by Design Duncan Miller Ullmann, which is known for their work on Hotel Zaza in Houston and Dallas. The owner is Frank Butler, a ’76 grad of A&M, and Prosperity Bank will provide financing for the project.
The first hotel at ATLAS will include 177 rooms, a mixture of standard rooms and suites, a sleek restaurant and bar, a wellness spa, a grand ballroom with outdoor function lawn, and meeting rooms, as well as a rooftop outdoor living room where residents will be able to appreciate the Kyle Field view. The hotel will be located between Lake Atlas and the lakeside park. Anchoring the Atlas Town Center, the facility is expected to also include waterfront restaurants, retail, and office uses, similar to The Woodlands Market Street.
The new facility is going to join the efforts of The Research Valley’s Biocorridor to create a research community committed to science within the same space. Near the Texas A&M University campus at Bryan and College Station, Atlas is the state’s first, and as yet only, master planned community designed especially for enterprises engaged in manufacturing biologics and pharmaceuticals. Created as an alliance to improve the collaboration among biotech and life sciences organizations in San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas in order to make them bigger players in the biotech industry nationwide, the Texas Bio Corridor has contributed to a new paradigm of science.