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Managers Minimize Disruption to Resort Occupants

By Chris Matt, Managing Editor - Print & E-Media - September 2009 - Maintenance & Operations

The resort is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and offers visitors everything from a 56,000-square-foot gaming floor to dining and lodging. Minimizing disruption to these activities during hotel construction was the top priority.

“We wanted to make sure that the interruption to them was as low profile as we could possibly make it,” Morris says. “Where the hotel was going to be placed was a huge decision, and where we were going to stage construction equipment, materials, and supplies was also a key factor.”

Morris helped select the architect for the project and was part of the committee that determined the hotel’s location. Morris also had to ensure the connections between the original building — which included a casino and a five-story hotel — and the new, 147-room hotel were functioning properly. The casino, both hotels, offices and a training facility comprise 950,000 square feet.

“The maintenance department provided a lot of detailed information (about) connecting HVAC systems, building-automation systems, general plumbing and wastewater and freshwater systems, assisting with the connection points, and access,” Morris says.


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