Four Seasons Hotel & Tower Project
This landmark facility ranks as the tallest residential building south of New York City. Rising approximately 800 feet and situated one block from Biscayne Bay. This building integrates a five star hotel, with luxury condominiums and timeshare units.
We were selected to participate in this team-build project by virtue of having significant experience in hospitality as well as the resources available to complete the 30-month schedule. We were responsible in assisting the engineer in design completion, while keeping the budget within the guaranteed maximum price.
Constructing a mechanical system within a South Florida skyscraper on waterfront exposure was challenging. The design wind speed is approximately 185 mph (category 5 hurricane). The building's foundation is made up of 110- 72" diameter caissons, driven approximately 115' deep. Therefore, we worked closely with the designers to devise a way to accommodate the routing of piping and ductwork. The unique nature of a multi-story building settling, required pre-planning and strategy in locating pipe expansion fittings and hanger attachments. The potential of sustained movement due to wind speed also required the mechanical utilities to have specialized structural isolation.
This 1.8 million square foot facility includes 5,000 plumbing fixtures, an HVAC system that consists of a chilled water system, two separate condenser water systems, air handlers, vertical fan coil units and horizontal heat pumps.