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Ohio Valley Electrical Services: Sree Hotels Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn

Posted in: November/December 2015

Ohio Valley Electrical Services (OVES) received the 2015 IEC Excellence in Construction - Commercial (contracts between $1, 500,001 to $5,000,000) Award for its work on the renovation of the historic Cincinnati Enquirer building into a twin flag hotel for Sree Hotels. The historic building was converted into a 249 room (144 Hampton Inn rooms and 105 Homewood Suites rooms) hotel. The 14-story above ground building included 12,000 square feet of street-level retail space.

Ohio Valley.jpgThe Sree hotel project consisted of selective demolition of the 14-story office building; including the main service, which was relocated with all new equipment. OVES installed five new electric services: one 800-amp 480 volt, one 1,600-amp 277/480 volt, one 400-amp 480 volt, one1,200-amp 120/208 volt, and one 200-amp 480 volt for the fire pump. OVES installed over 350,000 feet of MC cable, ranging in size from 12/2 to multi-conductor 750 MCM’s. There were over 3,800 new lighting fixtures, 1,800 single pole and three way switches, and 4,900 single and double duplex receptacles installed.

OVES utilized modern technologies such as BIM, LED lighting fixtures, and multi-conductor MC cables in the renovation of the Enquirer building. BIM was extremely important when coupled with the multi-conductor MC as it allowed OVES to be creative with its feeders. OVES placed panels on every other floor, which meant that the company penetrated the floor of each guest room. Special care was given to laying out the exact location so as to not interfere with the integrity of the structure.

OVES_Construction.gifThe greatest challenge of the project was the historical significance of the building. OVES had to maintain the architecture of the main and upper floor lobbies, two retail areas on the ground floor, and the pole lights in front of the building. Special care was taken to remove the chandeliers and wall sconces, noting that zero damage could occur to the murals on the ceilings or walls. OVES tracked down the original manufacturer of the outside pole lights and purchased replica parts to main the historical appearance and design.

The kickoff for the 14-story renovation project occurred in October of 2013 and OVES completed the project in February of 2015.

“It was clear throughout the project that their number one goal, after working safely, was to provide the owner and HGC (general contractor) with a great end product that everyone should be proud of,” stated Kevin Gilbert, project manager for HGC Construction.