Kimpton Harper Hotel

Fort Worth, Texas


  • Historical
  • Hospitality


  • mechanical / plumbing engineering


  • 210,000 SF

BHB provided mechanical and plumbing design-build services for the 210,000 square-foot renovations that consisted of changing the original office building built in 1921 into a modern, 24-story hotel. Located in downtown Fort Worth, the Kimpton Harper Hotel includes a rooftop bar, high-end Italian restaurant, and a two-story volume banquet hall. 

One of the significant challenges was repurposing existing air handlers designed with higher ventilation loads for commercial applications to lower ventilation rates for the new occupant type. Additionally, two new outside air units were required for the large, 24-hour service kitchens. Although the basement provided little roof or floor space for these systems, BHB and Berhard were able to find locations that worked within the zero-lot-line property.

Another unique aspect of the project was the use of a Sovent system to reduce the amount of plumbing and waste piping in the building. This solution along with repurposing the original air handlers reduced the amount of mechanical work required on this project.  

Aside from a delay caused by the pandemic, BHB was able to meet the owner’s tight deadline and high expectations. Having had its grand opening in June, the Kimpton Harper Hotel is ready for Fort Worth residents and visitors to enjoy.  

Photo Credit: © Balfour Beatty

Key People

  • Gibran Michel, DBIA, LEED AP

  • Richard J. Watters, PE

  • Les Brown, PE, LEED AP