Hotel Covington. Appropriate design applied.

The design-build project involved the adaptive re-use of the old City Building in Covington, Kentucky. Hotel Covington was a complex hospitality project with Historic Tax Credit implications and the challenge of implementing cost-effective, efficient MEP systems which would also function in a way that supported and enhanced the guest experience.

EBS was tasked with arriving at the most appropriate engineering scope and describe this scope in bridging documents that the Owner could use to get competitive bids from multiple MEP sub-contractors.

The design team coordination meetings took place, as well as meetings with Code officials to verify the design intent. The need for an emergency generator was eliminated through alternative approaches to emergency power. Complex routing of ductwork in public spaces with critical aesthetic components was coordinated, and major services and equipment were sized and scheduled to allow the Owner a high degree of control over the end result while still allowing freedom of the sub-contractor to add value to the installed work.

The MEP sub-contractors were brought on-board with a firm scope that was within budget. The facility was completed as described in the bridging documents. Through an understanding of the Owner’s goals and a careful evaluation of relevant Codes, unnecessary MEP components were eliminated and critical design features were supported and/or enhanced through the use of appropriate MEP systems and approaches.