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Fan-Coil Units Integral
In Hotel Renovation
Simple installation was a key element in a
$415-million renovation that resulted in the
new SLS Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
ocated in one of the most storied spots on the Las Vegas strip, the
SLS Hotel & Casino opened in August 2014 to much anticipation
and excitement. The site, formerly the Sahara Hotel and Casino,
was purchased in 2007 by SBE Entertainment Group, Los Angeles, and
Stockbridge Real Estate Group, San Francisco, followed by the official closing of the Sahara in May 2011. With plans for a $415-million renovation as
part of SBE's chain of SLS hotels, the new owners officially broke ground
on the SLS Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on February 14, 2013.
Once a hot spot for "Rat Pack" happenings, the former Sahara was host
to the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett,
and Louis Prima. It had also served as the location for Vegas-themed movies
and events such as the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. Thus, throughout
the renovation, SBE placed significant emphasis on combining modern
comfort and convenience with design and style befitting the location's notable and star-studded history.
With guest rooms and restaurants designed by the renowned Philippe
Starck, in collaboration with architect-at-large Gensler, Las Vegas, virtually
every inch of the new property was planned to convey sophistication, elegance, and excitement.
Additionally, SBE emphasized the importance of ensuring the highest
level of efficiency across the property's back-of-house operations. This included evaluating its existing mechanical systems to determine which upgrades and replacements would be necessary during the renovation.
"We were dealing with a situation in which equipment was in various
lifecycle stages, because the property encompasses buildings constructed
from the early 1950s all the way up to the 1980s," explained Tony Foti, SLS
director of engineering and safety. "While some of the older areas had undergone renovations in recent years, others, which were part of expansions
in the last couple of decades, were in more urgent need of upgrades."
The HVAC system upgrade solution was particularly varied in the three
existing guestroom high-rises on the property-which would be renamed
the World, Story, and Lux towers. "In the Story and Lux towers, we took
everything down to the foundational concrete and, therefore, a complete
replacement of all mechanical systems was necessary," said Foti.
SBE engaged Southland Industries, Las Vegas, to design and oversee the
property's entire mechanical-system project, including upgrades or maintenance to all HVAC, plumbing, and fire-protection systems. "With bold
plans for the renovation, SBE still wanted to be smart about using existing
elements of the mechanical infrastructure wherever possible," said Danny
Boh, project manager at Southland Industries. "SBE also had an aggressive
timeline and strict budget for the project, which meant there was little room
for error in making these decisions."
INSTALLING NEW, RENOVATING OLD
Southland technicians and managers began by conducting a thorough field
investigation of the property's existing systems to determine which parts
could be integrated into the new mechanical-system plan. During that
evaluation, it was also decided that the existing fan coils in the guestrooms
of the World tower would remain.
A total of 623 vertical-stack and horizontal (MPY and CPY series) fanOut of a $415-million renovation
of the historic Sahara Hotel
property in Las Vegas emerged
the SLS Hotel & Casino. Part of
the renovation was guest-room
fan-coil units from IEC.
coil units from IEC International Environmental, Oklahoma City, in a capacity range of 400, 600, 800, 1,000 and 1,200 cfm, were specified for the
Story and Lux guest towers, while an additional 1,265 units were evaluated
for maintenance and would remain in operation in the World guest tower.
General demolition began on the guestroom tower-renovation portion of
the project in June 2013.
COMMERCI A L BUIL DING P RODUC T S
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Building Products July/August 2015
Table of Contents I
Table of Contents II
Helping Buildings Evolve Gracefully
Fan-Coil Integral In Hotel Renovation
Reclaimed Water System Scores Touchdown
HVAC & Plumbing Products
Renovation Conserves Industrial Legacy
Windows & Doors Products
Nuts To Poor Insulation
Youth Theatre An Engineering Challenge
Building Technology Products
Relamping Brightens Gyms, Cuts Costs
Lighting & Electrical Products
Commercial Building Products July/August 2015