21c Museum Hotel – Cincinnati

The 21c Museum Hotel is a historic rehabilitation to the 100-year-old Metropole building in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, which was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The boutique hotel features 156 rooms, a contemporary art museum, more than 8,000 square feet of exhibition space, a fine dining restaurant, several bars, and a full-service spa.

The renovation scope included a restored façade, new mechanical and electrical systems, and interior finishes while keeping in compliance with its Historic Registry requirements for this 1912 building. KLH provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protections, communication information technology, lighting design and construction administration services for the project.

Sustainable features include full building and per-room energy management systems, highly efficient HVAC and lighting, reduced water consumption, improved indoor air quality and reduced CO2 emission footprint. The building is designed to improve the performance of energy efficiency while providing more inhabitant comforts than the previous building’s configuration.

The installation of new equipment will result in a 28 percent improvement in electrical efficiency.  KLH Engineers also partnered with Green Building Auditors to save 21c close to $240,000 in sales tax and utility rebate incentives.

At a Glance

Cincinnati, Ohio
Project stats
+ 159,000 total square feet
+ Cost: $28 million
+ 8,000 square feet of exhibition space
+ 156 guest rooms
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