Courtyard – San Francisco, CA

The Opportunity

Convert a 17 story 1928 historical landmark building from student housing into an upscale select service hotel that met brand requirements, strict fire life safety needs of the municipality and increase room count to maximize ROI.

The property is located within an up and coming market. The building consisted of smaller outdated rooms and bathrooms, environmental issues, electrical and plumbing systems past their useful life, no cooling in the building, limited fire exits, an antiquated elevator system and a structure that did not meet current seismic requirements. The exterior façade of the building could not be modified due to the historical nature of the building.

The Results

150 guestrooms were stripped to plaster walls which included the removal of all exposed piping which had been installed over the course of the building’s history. All public spaces and antiquated systems were removed. Sixteen additional rooms were added on the first floor and basement level. Light wells were created by removing sections of flooring to help meet city requirements for egress and light exposure. A four pipe system installed to supply cooling and heating requirements to all guestrooms and public areas, including supporting a new chiller at the roof level. A stairwell was constructed inside the building from the roof level to the lobby level replacing a fire escape. In addition, a smoke evacuation system as well as a new fire alarm and fire suppression system was installed to meet brand standards.

Rooms were fully renovated including remediation of lead base paint and asbestos material. A local design team was hired to create a boutique ambiance to complement the character of the building and also satisfy the brand requirement.