MEP Design by PBA and Illuminart Featured in Magazine

Camille Thompson
Apr 6, 2018 4:30:00 PM

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Renovation to Historic Wurlitzer Building Brings Contemporary Design to Detroit

Dezeen Magazine, a leading online architecture and design magazine based in London, England recently published a feature article on the design features of the new Siren Hotel, which encompasses Detroit's historic 1926 Wurlitzer Building. 

According to an article in Curbed Detroit (, the iconic structure had previously been vacant since 1982. However, its adaptive reuse into a contemporary hotel, will bring new life to the 55,000 square-foot, 14-story, former music store and performance space.

In 2015, Peter Basso Associates was brought on board to provide MEP engineering design services for the project. With an adaptive reuse of a 92 year-old building, PBA encountered many MEP design challenges including obtaining clearances for running piping and ductwork; working with and around existing structural interference; and the unique challenge of designing a grillage structural platform over the roof of the adjacent building in order to carry the generator, dedicated outside air supply unit, makeup air units and condensing units.

In addition to MEP engineering design, Illuminart, a division of Peter Basso Associates, is currently providing architectural lighting design services for the exterior lighting of the building.

According to the article in Dezeen, by Dan Howarth, '"The name, The Siren, is inspired by the Greek mythological creature and acts as a metaphor – calling people back to the city of Detroit," said a statement from the hotel team.'

The updated Wurlitzer will include '106 guest rooms, seven dining and drinking areas, two retail spaces, and a rooftop deck.'

To learn more about our MEP design engineering services and Illuminart's architectural lighting design services, go to our website at

Click here to read the article in Dezeen:

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