Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Design/Build Mechanical/Plumbing & HVAC Services
Outstanding guest and visitor comfort and satisfaction; greater operational reliability; innovative design/build strategies; enhancement of the Hard Rock brand; maintenance of public safety in a busy downtown environment; minimal disruptions to local businesses.
MECHANICAL CONSTRUCTION OBJECTIVES
To install a complete high-end mechanical/plumbing infrastructure in its 12-story, 417- room landmark hotel.
DESIGN/BUILD MECHANICAL/PLUMBING SOLUTIONS
Thanks to its extensive expertise, University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors (UMEC) was selected as the design/build mechanical/plumbing contractor for this cuttingedge property in downtown San Diego’s famed Gaslamp District. To plan this complex project, UMEC used its advanced building information modeling (BIM) system to create three-dimensional computer models of the project. The team used these models throughout
the design and construction stages to evaluate design options, identify and resolve technical issues early, coordinate construction scheduling, exploit prefabrication opportunities, eliminate rework and optimize safety.
Then, experienced UMEC teams equipped each of the 417 guest rooms with four-pipe vertical fan coil units. The company also provided HVAC installations of variable air volume air handlers to serve the hotel’s 9,000-square-foot ballroom and 9,000 square feet of meeting space, along with 11 additional air handlers and 31 exhaust fans. Gas-fired boilers on the roof provide the domestic hot water.
For the central plant, UMEC installed two 300-ton chillers, two 3,000-BTU (British thermal units)-per-hour boilers and 15 associated primary and secondary pumps. The company also installed an innovative single-stack drainage system for the guestrooms, as well as more conventional waste and vent plumbing for the kitchen and back-of-house areas.
HOSPITALITY FACILITY BACKGROUND
The Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is located at the entrance to the historic Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego’s dining and entertainment epicenter, across the street from the San Diego Convention Center and one block from PETCO Park. Since its opening, the hotel has quickly become known for its upscale, contemporary design; signature restaurants, sophisticated nightlife, meticulous customer service, and, of course, rock ‘n’ roll.