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hotel emeline

Charleston, SC

70,000 SF

DLR Group


Barringer revitalized this aged, 212-guestroom hotel located in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District. In addition to a complete gut and rebuild of the guestrooms, highlights of the space include a new lobby, restaurant, bar, courtyard, bathrooms, corridors and ballroom. 

Significant structural modifications were needed to modernize the existing layout, including the deconstruction of multi-floor rooms on two floors to transform them into larger, single-floor models. Scope also included a parking garage and retail entertainment space a neighboring Hanks Restaurant. 


Hotel Emeline is attached to a fully operational hotel and high-end retail. Adjacent to the hotel is City Market, the most visited attraction in South Carolina. Our team undertook extensive preplanning and implemented considerable safety measures to ensure all construction activities were properly routed and phased to minimize impact to the surrounding area. 


By getting involved early in the design phase, we helped identify several opportunities for savings. We saved $500,000 through phasing the project around revenue generating events. We also provided over $1.2M in value engineering options for the mechanical system that would allow it to be both code compliant AND maximize the budget. This also allowed for combined plumbing and mechanical.

Other cost-saving efforts included pricing every single element by component in each of the 3 model rooms to help the client decide which material finishes to select. In total, over 26 mockups were created, including millwork, ironwork and concrete. This offered the opportunity for the end-user’s needs to be thoroughly vetted prior to install. We then worked with the tile sub and designer to identify a standard in-stock product that saved about $100k while still fitting the hotels’ classic, high-end vibe.