The Westin Poinsett Hotel


Harper completed the extensive interior and exterior renovations of this historical landmark - the Westin Poinsett Hotel - originally built in 1925. The upper floors were completely gutted and re-built. All new MEP Systems were installed throughout. The hotel’s mosaic tile and terrazzo floors, marble stairways, decorative plaster ceilings, and crystal chandeliers radiate a glow of charm and invitation like never before. The lobby, Piedmont Grill, lounge area, and both the Gold and Poinsett Ballrooms were meticulously restored to their full 1920s glory. Upstairs, each of the 200 guest rooms were completely reconstructed.

Harper performed a rigorous pre-design survey of the existing building, working closely with the hotel and architect to determine the best methods for HVAC and electrical system installation that included the location of the equipment routing of ductwork and conduit. Harper located a number of special craft subcontractors to perform plaster, marble, and ornamental metal refurbishing.

Historical preservation methods included flexible and space-saving installation of air-cooled reciprocating water chillers and controllers. Additionally, Harper performed construction with historical preservationist involvement to secure historical approval from the State Archives office.