Most renovations take a year or two to complete. They include a lot of moving parts that all need to align in order to move forward. So, when Florida’s Director of Engineered Systems Support and VRF Products, Dave Lucas, was presented with the opportunity, he was understandably skeptical. The renovation had to be completed in under eight months and required providing an HVAC system for a 10-story office building that was being turned into a 190-room hotel. But after gathering all the information, Dave, the CE team, and the general contractor partner in Florida moved forward with the job.
About the Hilton Garden Inn Renovation Project
Jupiter Florida, has been experiencing a lot of growth, including the recent additions of a new ballpark that will be the Astros’ spring training home and the UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings. So, when a former office building became available, developers instantly saw the opportunity to transform it into a hotel. However, the time frame was tight. The project was presented to CE’s partner in March, and it needed to be completed by Thanksgiving. Once open, the Hilton Garden Inn will be used to house the Astros during spring training, as well as provide a central home base for tourists and visitors of the UTC Center.
The Goal: Independent Controls & Efficiency, Installed in Record Time
Being a hotel, the number one priority for the Hilton Garden Inn renovation was the ability to independently control each room. Additionally, the developers wanted a building that was extremely energy efficient to keep overhead costs down, and of course, the system had to be able to be installed within the short time frame.
The Solution: VRF
After reviewing the needs of the renovation, it was decided that Toshiba-Carrier VRF systems were the answer. However, given the short renovation time, designing and installing the system was not as cut and dry as would have been preferred. All of the equipment had to be carefully determined to ensure it would arrive in time to meet the tight deadline. In addition, any late updates or revisions to the plan to overcome any equipment shortages were made to utilize the equipment that was immediately available.
The Results: Comfort and Efficiency
With the deadline quickly approaching, we are pleased to report that everything is ahead of schedule. All of the VRF components are expected to be up and running by the end of October, beating the Thanksgiving deadline by weeks. Once open, the building owners and occupants of the hotel are sure to be thrilled with the extreme controllability the VRF system provides, and this Hilton Garden Inn is sure to be a top destination for tourists and business travelers. We are proud to be a part of its success.