Timmons Group worked in conjunction with ECI Development Services, LLC to provide civil engineering consulting for the conversion of the Miller & Rhoads Department Store into a Hilton Garden Inn Hotel. This adaptive reuse project reuses this historic department store, located at Fifth and East Broad Streets, into a mixed-use development that now includes a 240-room hotel, ground floor retail space and 110 condominium units. The design team for this project included engineers, architects, planners and landscape architects from Timmons Group, Commonwealth Architects and Historic Renovation, Inc.
Miller & Rhodes started as a dry goods store in 1885 and by 1924, occupied the block bounded by Fifth, East Broad, Sixth and Grace Streets. The department store had been vacant since its closure in 1990. This redevelopment project now provides a top-tier hotel that supports Historic Downtown Richmond’s popularity as a tourist and convention destination. The condominiums also help meet demand for housing in this area of the City.
The Miller & Rhoads conversion is one of many recent redevelopment projects in Downtown Richmond. Other projects on Broad Street include the Richmond City Center, the Greater Richmond Convention Center expansion, a new Federal Courts building and the Virginia Performing Arts Center.