HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - The Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa has been determined to be safe after a structural study.
That's according to the hotel's owner, Sky Capital Group LP, of Little Rock.
In a news release issued on Monday, the owner said that Arkansas-based Cromwell Architects Engineers completed a certified study to address structural concerns raised in a letter issued Sept. 14, 2017, by City of Hot Springs attorney Brian Albright. The Cromwell study independently evaluated five key areas of concern delineated by the city, including the Central Wing, West Face, Seventh Floor, North End and Fountain Wing and was delivered to the city earlier today.
The professional team from Cromwell, led by Joe Hilliard, PE, SECB, Executive Vice President/Director of Engineering, employed drawings of the original building, aerial drone footage, 3D laser scanning and professional site evaluations to complete the report and list of short-term recommendations to address the three of the five areas questioned by the city that were actually found to have deficiencies.
“In our professional opinion, the building in its current condition with the steps taken as recommended in this report can be safely occupied until the renovations begin in the next 18 months,” said Hilliard. “The hotel is already working on the short list of minor precautionary actions.”
Sky Capital Group LP purchased the Arlington in July 2017, and is planning a transformative two-year renovation process that will adhere to complex historic building standards and timelines. The top-to-bottom renovation will include a strategic, phased approach so that the hotel can remain open while work is underway, allowing the nearly 200 Arlington staff to continue to serve guests and anchor the Central Avenue Historic District.
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