The hotel has been closed for one month and during that time, the owner hired Parkhill Smith and Cooper engineers and David Wood Construction, both Lubbock businesses, to handle the remedial work on the Holiday Inn Express.
The city says those experts tore into the hotel walls and found problems with the way the second floor was built. Remember, two engineers said the second floor was supporting too much weight from the third floor and the rooftop and feared the building could collapse one day if it wasn't fixed.
Holiday Inn Express Shuts Down Indefinitely
Holiday Inn Express owners have agreed to shut its doors and bring the hotel up to codes.
The city is expecting the hotel owner to request a building permit, any day, to repair the hotel. In fact, trailers are parked in front with dirt and concrete on it.
City Building Inspector Steve O'Neal says the contractor and engineer met with him Friday and say they will have to build additional support for the second floor, which would also narrow the lobby area. "As they expose something, we have asked they call the city before they cover it up. We want to verify it onsite and document it," said O'Neal.
O'Neal says they have not been onsite yet, but did confirm they will do their own investigation before the hotel can open back up to the public.
O'Neal says it's still a work in progress. The hotel owner's attorney says they hope to open the hotel soon, but could not give a date.