Walking into the Ariel Pearl Center is like stepping back in time. With marble floors, ornate ceilings, and tall, arched windows, Ariel Pearl offers a rare glimpse into the mesmerizing aesthetic of the roaring ’20s. This historic bank building, built in 1923, was transformed into a sophisticated event center by Ariel Ventures and our MEP engineers.
Renovating the designated Cleveland City Landmark presented many engineering design challenges, which were met with original solutions. In order to install a modern sprinkler system without obscuring the traditional ceilings, the sprinkler heads were disguised within the plasterwork molding. The sprinklers are virtually invisible while still serving their purpose as an efficient fire protection system.
The character of the space was preserved through original period light fixtures, which were refurbished, rather than replaced. The engineers re-lamped the elegant historic pendants and chandeliers with LED, which also serve as emergency lighting.
Additionally, the engineers eliminated the need for invasive construction by implementing a custom Variable Refrigerant HVAC system with grills near the ceiling for cooling and heating elements under the windows. This hybrid system was a practical choice, as it minimized the impact to the structure and hid HVAC elements that would otherwise distract attention from the impressive interior architecture.
The renovation of the Ariel Pearl Center created a distinct event space that celebrates Cleveland’s history. Creative engineering solutions modernized an incredible Cleveland landmark while maintaining the original details that draw people to this unique building.