The Charmant
- La Crosse, Wisconsin

This historic building started out as a candy factory in the early 1900’s.  The new Owner of this facility is renovating and transforming this existing 4-story structure into a new high-end boutique hotel.  Drawings include an added 5th floor/rooftop bar and entertainment area.  A new grade level restaurant and concierge area shall offer guests a luxurious experience.  Due to historic credits offered, exterior as well as interior public spaces and finishes have restrictive guidelines to follow.

A single open geothermal well system provides the necessary energy resource for building heating and cooling.  A water source heat recovery chiller plant has been sized to meet any simultaneous heating and cooling load requirement within the hotel.  The restaurant, conference areas, administrative, maintenance, and guest suites are all provided with separate heat pumps for individual temperature control.  Exterior snow melting systems include sidewalk and street slab heating, as well as exterior canopy radiant heating panels, are installed at each patron exterior entry.  Ventilation air is ducted to each guest suite from a central ventilation air handling unit located in the lower level.  Ductwork chases, sanitary and domestic water chases, and electrical risers were coordinated throughout this historic building.

A heat exchanger is installed within the refrigeration glycol piping system to reclaim waste heat for pre-tempering domestic cold water supply piped to the central hot water heater plant.  This will reduce the amount of energy input required to heat domestic hot water.

Size: 51,533 square feet

Status: In Construction

Categories: Hospitality

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    Architectural Renderings

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    Architectural Renderings

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    Existing Funke Candy Factory

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    1930's photo of Existing Building