Water-conservation upgrading in institutional challenges are challenging enough, given the complexity and, often, the age and condition of plumbing and piping systems and fixtures. Maintenance and engineering managers also understand the challenges related to projecting water savings from a particular system upgrade, as well as quantifying the results once the upgrade is complete.
Now imagine the complexity of successfully planning and performing such upgrades in a facility with 6.2 million square feet, as well as a casino, 4,000 guest rooms, entertainment venues, and restaurant, convention, and retail spaces. And image a focal point of the upgrades is located in one of the most water-challenged areas of the country.
Those were among the challenge facing Rob Morris, corporate director for enterprise utilities and engineering with Caesars Entertainment, which owns the Caesars Palace complex in Las Vegas, as well as 39 properties in the United States that contain more than 57 million square feet of air-conditioned space. Perhaps the most important challenge was to oversee and perform the upgrades without disrupting the myriad activities taking place throughout the property.
"We’re trying to do all this and still provide a unique experience to our guest and save water and energy without them really knowing," Morris says. "As the technology has gotten better on low-flow fixtures, it has become less and less apparent. We’re all starting to realize the importance and are beginning to accept that as well and recognize that we should be conserving (water) instead of just using."
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