Project:The Beverly Hilton
Hirsch Bedner (Interior Design)
Location:Beverly Hills, CA
Area:650,000 square feet
The landmark Beverly Hilton Hotel originally built in the 1950s has been a prestigious destination for the business, leisure and celebrity traveler alike. In late 2003, the prospective buyer of the hotel, Oasis West Realty, as part of their due diligence decided to renovate a handful of hotel rooms in order to best evaluate their purchase. For this exercise, premier design teams of Hirsch Bedner and Gensler were retained. Taslimi was selected to execute the design. The process was completed within a few short weeks and Oasis proceeded to complete the purchase of the hotel. In 2004, once the design was completed, an extensive renovation project began that has revitalized and restored the hotel with luxurious elegance and impeccable attention to detail.
With layout and design concepts still in progress, construction commenced to ensure that aggressive timelines were met. Throughout all phases of work, the project team demonstrated careful planning to create minimal disruption to hotel events and business operations. The Beverly Hilton remained fully operational throughout the entire project.
During guest room renovation, no more than two floors of rooms were unavailable at one time. Precise and flexible scheduling enabled the completion of 570 guest rooms, including 101 suites, in less than a year time span. The entire 8th floor consists of Presidential Suites. Additionally, the project team worked around the clock to complete the International Ballroom renovation in only six weeks. In addition to the guest rooms and ballrooms, the redevelopment of the hotel lobby, spa, salon, wine shop, poolside restaurant and annex were also included in the scope of work.
The project team helped preserve the heritage of the iconic hotel by incorporating complimentary elements into the overall design, maintaining historic design features and architectural details. Additionally, the project team contributed innovative+F73 solutions to challenges along the way without compromise to schedule or budget.
Significant infrastructure and base building upgrades were also made. Electrical upgrades comprised of the complete renovation of guestroom power distribution and risers, new generator and all associated exhaust system, housing and distribution boards completed without interruption to hotel operation. Considerable enhancements to the technology capabilities of the Beverly Hilton were enabled by the installation of a wireless network and new voice/data cabling throughout the hotel. To ensure current codes were met, new main switchboards, feeders, transformers, panels and lighting were provided. Extensive mechanical work throughout the hotel consisted of duct cleaning, including the kitchen grease duct, and the replacement of new supply and return ductwork. Two new garage exhaust fans, and a new fluid cooler with associated motor control center were also installed. All existing air handler units and exhaust fans, including DDC control were replaced or refurbished and new VAV boxes were installed in the 8th floor suites. Additionally, all existing fan coil units with high-efficiency, low noise units imported from Italy were replaced. The existing cast iron waste stack and plumbing risers, as well as all domestic hot and cold water lines throughout the building were replaced without disruption to hotel operation. New plumbing fixtures were upgraded in all guestroom bathrooms including the shower, bathtub, Jacuzzi, low flow toilet, sink and faucet.
The project also included complete replacement of all exterior window wall system with a double glazed, energy and sound efficient, system replicating the original design. The building structure was upgraded to meet current standards and requirements including, seismic upgrade at the 8th floor roof, the 2nd floor and the lobby level.