The Sinclair

Fort Worth, TX


  • Historical
  • Hospitality


  • electrical engineering
  • mechanical / plumbing engineering
  • civil engineering


  • 105,600 SF

There is nothing ordinary about the improvements and renovations being made to The Sinclair in downtown Fort Worth. What was once an office building built in 1929, the Marriott Autograph Series hotel will offer a one-of-a-kind experience for guests that will change the way they perceive outstanding amenities and technological advancements for luxury accommodations. The hotel will boast unrivaled tech-forward features such as digital showers, Bluetooth mirrors, wallpaper televisions, and more. Having an integral role in this project, BHB is providing CMEP engineering services for the 105,600 square-foot renovation that consists of changing the office building into a historic, 16-story hotel with 164 guest rooms, a rooftop bar, and a high-end restaurant, while keeping the look and feel of the building’s original architecture and art-deco design from the early 20th century.

To reduce the size of the electrical infrastructure in the building, BHB is utilizing exceptions in the code made possible by maximizing the use of energy efficient equipment and technology. In addition, a battery storage system has been implemented to provide emergency power to the hotel in place of a typical diesel-fueled generator. BHB is working closely with code officials, the equipment manufacturer, and the owner for a UL labeled energy storage system that provides emergency power to the elevators, smoke exhaust fans, fire alarm system, and lighting in the building. The team has also been tasked with guiding the implementation of Power over Ethernet (PoE) lighting utilizing 8-port PoE network switches, intelligent PoE powered LED drivers, and high efficiency LED fixtures to replace the building’s existing lighting. The motorized rolling shades, OLED TV, and the mini refrigerator in each guestroom will also be powered by the PoE switch.

The mechanical scope of work includes plumbing, fire protection, and the replacement of the building’s traditional chilled and heating system with a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system. Because VRF doesn’t require as much space as a traditional unit, the original floor-to-ceiling heights and the ornate windows on the lobby level are being restored. By blending aspects of two separate centuries, The Sinclair is in a category of its own and will set precedents for not just boutique hotels, but the future of “intelligent buildings.” What was once a structure that lost its stylish look and feel, The Sinclair is now being restored to its original decadence with a modern twist that Fort Worth residents and visitors can enjoy.

Key People

  • Richard J. Watters, PE

  • Gibran Michel, DBIA, LEED AP

  • Rhiannon Jones, PE

  • Trace Strevey, PE