Fairmont begins tower project

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The 540-room Fairmont Hotel, already the largest hotel in San Jose, started construction on a tower that will add 264 rooms and make the property the largest in the Silicon Valley area.

The project also will add 20,000 square feet of meeting space to the hotel's existing 48,000 square feet of space for functions.

"This is a very exciting project for us," said Jeff Doane, the hotel's director of sales and marketing.

"The new tower will meet the growing demand on our hotel for more guest rooms and catering space."

The project is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2001.

Doane said the expansion will enable the hotel to accommodate the companies, particularly in the high-tech industry, that book meetings with little lead time.

"Right now we have to say no to a lot of short-term business due to limited space," he said.

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