The Fairmont Hotel, located in downtown Austin, is a 37-story, 1.4 million square-foot hotel with 1,048 guest rooms, a rooftop pool deck, ballrooms, meeting spaces, a high-end spa and fitness center, restaurants, and lounges. Upon completion, the hotel was Austin’s largest hotel.
Recognized for solving complex challenges in the industry, general contractor, Hunt Construction hired Brandt to take the project across the finish line. Picking up in the middle of a project, with no prior history, proved most challenging. With a quick learning curve, our team had little time to plan and determine where we were at in the construction phase.
The project is cost-plus and included the mechanical and plumbing systems. Brandt’s scope included the following areas:
- The building podium
- Four levels of below-grade parking
- Seven stories of common areas
- Mechanical rooms supporting the remainder of the guest-room tower
Utilizing Austin Energy’s chilled water loop, the mechanical system provides conditioned air to the common areas via 17 AHU’s. The plumbing and mechanical systems serve two ballrooms, multiple meeting rooms, a spa, seven kitchens, two restaurants, three bars, and an outdoor amenity deck. There were more than 300 air terminal units and 50 fan coil units installed.
As a result of some long hours and determination, Brandt’s team was able to get the project back on schedule.