Case Study


Louisville, Kentucky

Construction Cost:
$80 Million

Project Size:
800,000 Square Feet

Mechanical and Plumbing Engineering

Embassy Suites

Al J. Schneider Co. and Eric Bachelor

With over 200 unique properties across the country and around the world, the Embassy Suites brand fills an upscale niche in the international corporation that aims to be the most hospitable company in the world. Salas O’Brien is proud to have provided mechanical and plumbing engineering services for one of the brand’s recent additions—a high-end hotel in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.

Salas O’Brien’s work was part of a larger, 80-million-dollar project which converted the former Hilliard Lyons Center building into a mixed-use project anchored by the Embassy Suites. This ambitious project was not the building’s first repurposing; the structure was constructed in 1907 and originally housed the Stewart’s Dry Goods Company. Today Eric Bachelor owns the building, and it is listed as a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places.

The finished Embassy Suites highlights the building’s rich history. The expansive lobby features carefully restored architecture and a large clock that stood in the Stewart’s lobby over 100 years ago. The 304-suite hotel seamlessly integrates historic elements with its intimate, chic styling, providing guests with a truly memorable oasis for their stay in downtown Louisville.