Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port

Commissioning of the high-efficiency systems at this 80,000 square foot, seven story hotel, increased energy efficiency and leveraged the design and construction process to maximize value and deliver the owners the building they required.

Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port

Sparhawk Group worked directly with the entire project team to integrate the commissioning process into the project, establishing effective communication channels to resolve issues in a timely and cost-effective manner.

This newly constructed, 130-room hotel located in the historic Old Port includes state of the art controls and technology designed to maximize guest comfort and operational efficiency. Sparhawk Group was retained as the commissioning agent during design and construction to ensure that the building’s systems were designed efficiently and performed as intended.

Unique technology in this building includes a 10 kW Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit, which provides electricity and hot water to the site. This technology reduces electrical draw from the power grid and uses the recovered energy from engine operation to heat domestic hot water.

The commissioning process focused on the primary building systems including heating and cooling, controls, testing and balancing, lighting controls, emergency power generation, building envelope and the CHP unit.

Identifying and correcting issues during the construction phase resulted in a more energy efficient and comfortable building. Many of these issues—such as bathroom exhausts that had been covered with drywall, the lack of a cooling tower sump alarm, and clock scheduling for lighting controls—might have been overlooked without a commissioning process in place.