READING, Pa. -

Reading's newest hotel is quickly taking shape in center city.

With the concrete foundation in place, workers have begun erecting the steel frame of the DoubleTree Hotel and Convention Center.

It will take 4,068 pieces of steel, adding up to 1,261 tons, to complete the $50 million structure, which will rise eight stories above the 700 block of Penn Street, across from the Santander Arena and adjacent to the 927-space parking garage that already bears the DoubleTree name.

The complex, set to open next summer, will feature 209 guest rooms, multiple conference rooms, a grand ballroom, an indoor swimming pool and a four-star restaurant and bar.

Much of the project's funding is coming from private investors, including entrepreneur Jack Gulati, who recently purchased the Reading Royals ice hockey team and is responsible for the rebirth of Stokesay Castle in Lower Alsace Township.

The downtown location will be the first for DoubleTree Hotel in Berks County. The chain is part of the Hilton Worldwide company, which does have a presence in Berks with its other brands, including Hampton and Homewood Suites.