St. James Hotel

Coffman provided an initial building assessment, feasibility assessment, and developed construction documents for the renovation of Hotel St. James in San Diego, California. The building is a 12-level historic hotel in downtown San Diego built in 1913. The floors include a basement, where the majority of the building systems exist, a lobby, a restaurant at ground level, a mezzanine with offices, an interstitial room for HVAC equipment, nine floors of guest rooms, and an accessible roof. There are approximately 11 guest rooms on each floor from the 2nd through the 10th/top floor, with the number of rooms decreasing towards the top of the building.

Upgrades included converting a standard guestroom on each floor to ADA guestrooms, converting the top floor suites back to larger-sized guest rooms, and converting the guest room window AC units to wall heat pumps. Electrical upgrades included new lighting in guestrooms, corridors, and common areas, power and data to guest rooms, and power for a new bar in the restaurant.


  • Hospitality & Housing


  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering