The site of Hotel N.E.U.S. has gone through various changes in the past 30 years. Up until 1986 the site was occupied by a Steel Mill. Cooling towers covered the area of the Hotel while a gantry crane and tracks were located just to the west along the river. The towers, crane, tracks, and riverside retaining wall were constructed in 1979. A diaphragm (sheet pile cell) wall was used as the retaining wall adjacent to the cooling towers (and current site location).
In the 1990's there was a development began by a corporation and buildings/structures from the steel mill were removed. Below grade structures and foundations were removed to about one foot below grade while excavations were backfilled with previously excavated materials.
In 2001 a Damon's Restaurant was constructed and fill was added to the site.
Due to the mat foundation from the cooling towers and various soil types, smaller footings are able to be used i nthe middle of the building while pressure varies with footing size outside of that region.