NASHVILLE, Tenn.  – – Crain Construction, Inc. is converting a former bank headquarters into The Fairlane, a 72-room, mid-century modern boutique hotel at Fourth Avenue and Union Street in downtown Nashville.

Crain Construction is handling extensive demolition, cleaning and overall remodeling of the hotel project for BNA Associates LLC, which has redeveloped hotels in Atlanta and Knoxville, Tenn.

Previously, the 12-story building was home to Union Planters and then served as the Nashville headquarters for Regions Bank until late 2007.

The renovation includes converting rooftop mechanical space to a 13th floor penthouse unit with a wraparound terrace and extending three elevators an additional story.

But before the asbestos abatement and demolition could begin, the Crain Construction team developed a plan to accommodate the heavy car and foot traffic in this busy urban area.

“We really looked at the logistics of moving people and developed a plan to keep pedestrian traffic flowing while we closed the sidewalk,” said Jeffrey Kurzhal, Crain Construction project manager. “We reviewed our diagrams with Public Works showing them how we could divert pedestrians to the alley and through the downtown Arcade without creating inconvenience.”

With a solution in hand for traffic flow, the team then tackled the challenge of removing the old mechanical equipment, including two turbines six feet in diameter, with elevator shafts that only extended to the floor below.

“We cut everything up in pieces small enough to manage by hand and hauled it out in wheelbarrows, carting it down a floor to the elevators,” said Kurzhal. “We’ll use a buck hoist and a crane on Union Street to lift steel beams and HVAC systems to the top of the building.”

Once the demolition process is completed, the Crain Construction team will rebuild the interior and install new mechanical systems on top of the building to include air handling units and steam and chilled water piping throughout the building to zoned units. Exterior improvements will include a new curtain wall on Fourth Avenue and Union Street, new window openings and glass.

When completed in the summer of 2017, The Fairlane will have eight floors of guest rooms, terrace level indoor and outdoor dining, meeting space, offices, a fitness center and a first-floor coffee shop, lounge and lobby.

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