The Tennessean




Knoxville, TN

112,000 sf

2018 Keep Knoxville Beautiful Orchid Award, Redesign/Reuse Category, 2018 AGC Award - Knoxville, 2018 Southern Living's South's Best Hotel

The Tennessean Hotel and Residences is a renovation to an existing office building in downtown Knoxville, TN. The building’s prominent site on the World’s Fair Park and its adjacency to the convention center provides an ideal setting for the conversion of the 35-year old building into a hospitality property.

The design concept for the project centered on creating a timeless quality similar to that of the tuxedo. Black and white with gold accents became the identity for not only the building, but the entire hotel brand.

The project budget and schedule were a challenge. MHM led a team that included national consultants SRSSA and HESMA along with a local construction manager through extensive value engineering to deliver the project.

The building’s first floor consists of an open lobby with hotel support functions. The second floor features a cocktail lounge, gym, and meeting facilities. Floors three through five contain seventy-two boutique hotel rooms culminating in an impressive Governors Suite overlooking the park. The top two floors of the building house twelve luxury condominium residences that offer 24/7 hotel services and amenities.

While the client was not interested in a LEED certification, the design team concentrated on optimizing energy performance, local material selections, water use reduction, access to transportation, and other sustainable factors.