May 25, 2022

Townsend Hotel in Birmingham adds new measure against COVID-19

Birmingham’s upscale hotel is resorting to technology long used by hospital systems to help keep…

Birmingham’s upscale hotel is resorting to technology long used by hospital systems to help keep its guests safe in the era of COVID-19.

The Townsend Hotel, at 100 Townsend St., has installed a new ultraviolet light filter alongside its heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in common areas in places like the lobby, the Rugby Grille and elsewhere. The goal, Director of Facilities Jason McGrew said, is to prevent bacteria and viruses — including the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 — from replicating before they reach guests.

“They mount a high-intensity ultraviolet bulb with a transformer power supply and that actually shines on the evaporator coil where all the airflow comes through,” McGrew said. “Any of the air returning in the system through the room, gets hit by this ultraviolet light and over time, the ultraviolet light will actually destroy the viruses and bacteria’s ability to replicate.”