Case Study

Choice Hotels International

Cambria Hotel Nashville

Choice Hotels International started in 1939 as a marketing cooperative between seven Florida motor court owners. Now it is one of the largest hotel franchises in the world, with over 6,400 hotels spanning 40 countries and territories. Choice Hotels lays claim to many hotel “firsts,” among them the first to offer 24-hour desk service, first to develop a global marketing and reservations system, and the first to implement a proprietary, cloud-based property management system.

With the tag line “upscale but never uptight,” Choice Hotels’ Cambria brand serves a distinctive niche of their luxury market. The hotels cater to both business and leisure, pairing a more relaxed social atmosphere with modern, luxurious accommodations and excellent service. One of the brand’s largest and most recent additions to its line is in Nashville, Tennessee, and Salas O’Brien’s engineering services have helped make the venture a success.

The 19-story, 255-room Cambria Hotel is centrally located near the Nashville Music City Center and features a rooftop pool and a 9,400-square-foot restaurant with a stage for live performances. The hotel is well equipped with an additional 5,000 square feet of meeting space for group gatherings, banquets, and conferences.

Our team’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering services for this project included an in-depth energy analysis as well as implementation of an air-cooled system in lieu of a water-source heat pump. The new system supports the hotel’s operation efficiency, and, by extension, their ability to provide excellent guest experiences.  


Nashville, Tennessee

Project Size:
400,000 Square Feet

Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineering

Construction Cost:
$50 Million