Balfour Beatty’s Green Dream Team Delivers Largest Meetings Hotel in The Fairmont Collection
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Ballroom Expansion project consists of a 60,000-square-foot Conference Center addition to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. The new conference center adds 52,300-square-feet of meeting space anchored by the 23,000-square-foot Palomino Ballroom.
The Southwest design, inspired by the spirited Spanish horses that roamed the desert, includes “nano” tech bi-folding glass doors which effectively bring the scenic desert indoors. Smaller breakout meeting rooms all have access to designated patio areas. A bridge was constructed to tie the existing conference center to the expansion. The interiors include digital signage throughout with high-end stone finishes in all of the restrooms. A dedicated porte-cochere and outside veranda feature an artistic fountain over decorative pavers and provide seating for participants to relax between meeting sessions. A total of 44 new 20-foot date palms line the driveway and east plaza, and 11 acres of parking were added.
The Power of Video
The owner, Strategic Hotels & Resorts had a goal in mind to make the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess one of the premier destinations for meetings and conventions. To market the property throughout construction, the hotel’s general manager streamed video tours of the project to update and maintain interest for potential companies and meeting directors.
The general manager and superintendent became close collaborators, communicating through video tours and also from the team providing the GM with updates for his vlog about the property.
For Every Challenge, There is a Solution
Some of the key challenges the project team had to face included:
Relocating the main power line from underneath the building
Working around constant meeting schedules in the adjacent, operational ballroom
Tying into an existing, occupied, operational ballroom
Knocking a hole into an occupied building without making noise
The team worked closely with the property’s facilities team to find gaps in meeting times to do the noisy work. They were updated frequently with meeting schedules, including last minute changes. The team made themselves very flexible in the case of unexpected work stop due to hotel operations. For power relocation, our team coordinated with resort facilities and local power company, APS to choreograph a whole complex shutdown, which was required to execute the move.
One last challenge the project faced that the team found an efficient solution to was finding a solution for gas lamps that the client had purchased that were not UL rated and therefore, not up to code. Our team researched and found an alternative, obtained approvals from the owner and the architect, and procured and installed the items—all within a few short weeks. Through a coordinated effort with the entire project team, Balfour Beatty was able to quickly find a solution that addressed the code issue and avoided any scheduling delays.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Our team employed the following sustainability actions during the construction of this project, which generated some great reductions in waste for the project and the community.
We collaborated with Waste Management to maximize trash and debris recycling efforts for the Ballroom Expansion Project.
Recycling containers were staged on the project site to separate out recyclable materials of wood, drywall, metal and trash.
Waste Management assisted us in tracking the recycled percentages for the project through their interactive recycling website.
We set a target at project start of a 75% recycling of project waste materials. Through the diligent and dedicated effort s of the project team, we were able to achieve at total of 91% recycling of project waste.
The project required the demolition of an existing asphalt parking lot as well as offsite improvements to adjacent streets. Our team milled the demolished asphalt from both areas of work and reused it in its entirety as a subgrade material for the new on-site parking lot. A total of approximately 65 tons of recycled material was re-used on site and not transported to local landfills.
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is now the largest meetings hotel in the Fairmont Collection, making it a premiere destination for both meeting and leisure guests.