Thomas & Hutton provided surveying, civil design, landscape design, and construction observation consulting services for the Holiday Inn Hotel located at the corner of Meeting Street and Wolfe Street in downtown Charleston. The hotel consists of 120 rooms in a 76,800-square foot 4-story building located on a .72-acre site. Parking is located on the first floor, utilizing car lifts to increase the parking capacity to meet zoning requirements. This project illustrates the challenges that come from a development on an infill site. The infrastructure on the surrounding streets dated as far back as the early 1900s.
The water main under Wolfe Street had interior corrosion that had to be replaced. The condition, depth, and location of existing infrastructure was only finally determined when it was encountered during construction. It was important to provide quick response to Requests for Information (RFIs) during the construction phase to avoid delays. A major element of the civil design and permitting was the decision to convert Wolfe Street from a 1-way street to accommodate 2-way traffic. Thomas & Hutton completed a traffic impact study to help with this decision. This extended the footprint of the project well beyond the site and necessitated close coordination with the City of Charleston Traffic and Transportation Department and the SC Dept of Transportation.