Commercial Architecture May 2016 - (Page 46)

hvac PROJECT Vacant for 15 years before renovation, the Aloft Detroit hotel was retrofitted with more than 600 tons of variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology. VRF Holds Key To Detroit Renovation Historical building retrofitted with 600 tons of VRF technology. A lthough Detroit has lost more than half of its variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology from Mitsubi- population since 1950, downtown activity in shi Electric U.S. Inc., Cooling & Heating Division, Su- the form of rehabilitation of historical build- wanee, GA. preexisting structure presented an immediate problem. "The floor is 22 to 28 in. thick. So right off, that made new HVAC challenging from a cost perspective. Forced ings-among them the $94.5-million renovation of the Vince Dattilo, vice president of construction and proj- air, which involves running tons of ductwork, would have David Whitney Building, a Class A skyscraper-is a posi- ect management, Roxbury Group, Detroit, the developer meant high costs-if ductwork was even possible." He con- tive economic and aesthetic sign. on the job, knew his team had a big project ahead of them tinued, "At the same time, we were interested in bringing The building has been restored to its previous gran- with bringing modern-day cooling and heating to the Da- a more efficient and ductless cooling and heating solution deur and now offers luxury residences, the Aloft Detroit vid Whitney. The building dates to 1915, and sat vacant to Detroit: VRF. People were skeptical-contractors said it hotel, a restaurant, and a bar. Key to the renovation was for 15 years before the renovation. The mechanical sys- was more expensive and you couldn't afford it. We proved retrofitting the entire building with more than 600 tons of tems needed updating, but the sheer size and mass of the them all wrong." 46 COMMERCI A L A RCHI T EC T URE MAY 2016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Architecture May 2016

The Architects
Regulations Shape Hospital Design
Architectural Glass Goes First Class
Healthcare Green Design
Interiors Products
Insulation Chills Cold-Storage Facility
Exteriors Products
Dynamic Glass Transforms Elevated Oasis
High-Speed Doors Add Zip To Service Center
Windows & Doors Products
Controlling The Sun
Building Technology Products
VRF Holds Key To Detroit Renovation
Tankless Units Heat Water For 17 Stories
HVAC & Plumbing Products
Retrofit Cuts Operation Costs by 85%
Power Monitor Tracks Non-Light Loads, Too
Lighting & Electrical Products

Commercial Architecture May 2016