Neel-Schaffer helps bring luxury hotel to downtown Jackson
Neel-Schaffer and sister company SoilTech Consultants provided a variety of services for the new 10-story, full-service Westin Jackson that opened in August 2017 in downtown Jackson, MS. In addition to 203 luxury rooms and suites, the first Westin property in Mississippi includes a wine bar and bistro, a resort-style spa, a fitness studio, a saltwater pool, and 12,000 square feet of meeting rooms.
As a subconsultant to Capital Hotel Associates on the $60 million public-private project, Neel-Schaffer communicated with the ownership group and design team in preparation for demolition of the existing building on site. Our services included Phase 1 and Phase 2 environmental site assessments, asbestos and lead-based paint surveys, topographic and field surveys, a traffic impact study, and construction plans and specs for the site plan review. During the construction phase, Neel-Schaffer reviewed submittals, made site visits, and was available to answer questions from the contractor.
As the geotechnical engineer of record, SoilTech provided a technician for monitoring, lab tests, and material testing services during the construction process. SoilTech also provided deep and shallow foundation recommendations for the hotel and pavement, and performed the geotechnical investigation for a future on-site parking garage.
While the hotel was under construction, Neel-Schaffer also assisted with the design and construction of the $900,000 project to provide off-site water and sewer improvements associated with the hotel development. The Hinds County Board of Supervisors administered that project, funded in part by a $200,000 grant from the Mississippi Development Authority’s Development Infrastructure Program. Capital Hotel Associates, the hotel developer, secured the grant for the county and was responsible for the balance of the construction cost of the water and sewer improvements.
During the off-site phase, Neel-Schaffer managed subconsultant SOL Engineering Services, LLC, which was contracted to prepare the construction documents for the installation of approximately 2,300 LF of new ductile iron water pipe and associated fittings, gate valves, fire hydrants and connections to existing water lines.
The project also included the lining of approximately 1,300 LF of 10-inch sanitary sewer and connecting manholes. SOL Engineering also provided a part-time resident project representative and limited construction administration services for the 120-calendar day construction contract.