RTM was retained to design a generator system for the Silversmith Hotel, an existing high rise building located in downtown Chicago, Illinois. The hotel, which provides 144 deluxe guestrooms as well as 4,400 square feet of meeting space, dining and plenty of downtown amenities, had an outdated generator system that was not in compliance with the updated Chicago Building Code requirements. The generator system must be sized to handle all emergency building loads per the City of Chicago Code.
One of the biggest challenges the RTM team faced was locating space for the new generator system. RTM worked with an architecture firm to conduct a thorough investigation of the property schematics to locate the best location for the generator system, which not only would take up a significant amount of space, but also required a fire-rated enclosure.
The team has completed its analysis of the existing emergency loads and has sized the generator accordingly based on their investigation of the property. Sizing the generator includes completing an analysis on the existing building emergency loads. RTM analyzed both the existing loads and what loads are required to be added to the new system. RTM worked hand in hand with the building engineer and the property manager to coordinate on all requirements for the new generator system.
The team is now ready to begin the next phase of the project, which includes developing the design for the generator system. The client’s goal is to have the project completed and system installed by the end of 2015.