The Gila River Indian Community owns the project which includes a 258,215 sf casino, two signature restaurants, a fast-food court, four bars and lounges, and a 1,400-seat showroom. The more than 162,000 sf, 10-story hotel offers full amenities for its 242 guest rooms, a state-of-the-art exercise facility, an 8,000 sf ballroom, 4,000 sf of meeting space, and an 800-space parking garage.
TMCx was hired to verify and document that the mechanical/HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and life safety building systems function in compliance with the design criteria set forth in the project specifications. Functional testing of the project was completed in September 2010. The installation of the mechanical equipment and systems had already started by the time TMCx was contracted. Due to the condensed project schedule, most systems had to be installed with contractors working multiple shifts. Several pre-functional site walks were performed to observe equipment installation with a focus on access for future service and or repairs.
Resolution: Since the primary hot water loop could not be isolated from the other systems without draining a majority of the heating water loop and due to occupied conditions, a decision was made to add a second flow meter to the building heating water loop and to leave the original flow meter installed in the primary loop in place.
Resolution: the size of the return air transfer below the stage was reduced when the concrete forms were placed. To compensate for this, they allowed for and recommended return air transfer paths to be installed in other areas of the theater. Later testing of the area revealed that the return air path(s) need to be verified by the design team as the theater area still appears to be over pressurized when the terminal units serving the theater are in a full cooling mode. This is evident by the rush of air leaving the space that can be felt when the theater doors are open to the back of house