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PP-R Pipe, Prototype Fusion Machine Leave Nothing to Chance at Spectacular New Hotel and Casino


Project
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Heated and chilled water HVAC system, domestic water mains
Products Used
Aquatherm Green Pipe®
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®
Location / Date
Hollywood, FL
2017-2019

Aquatherm Advantages

  • The speed with which Aquatherm polypropylene-random (PP-R) pipe can be heat fused compared to welding steel was crucial on this project
  • The ability to fabricate piping assemblies and deliver them to the site allowed the contractor to maximize the amount of fusion work completed each day
  • The durability and longevity of PP-R pipe were key in a facility that is operational 24/7/365
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The Challenge

A fast-paced construction schedule was required to keep the heated and chilled water HVAC system installation on schedule


The Solution

Choosing Aquatherm polypropylene-random (PP-R) pipe allowed the installation crews to move, mobilize, and fabricate the pipe quickly and efficiently, and moved the project ahead of schedule


Project meets demanding, fast-paced schedule to be ready for Super Bowl LIV

On a project as highly anticipated as the expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL, the ability to stay on schedule is paramount.

Guests are awaiting twice the amount of casino space, a Bora Bora-inspired pool paradise, an iconic hotel tower in the shape of a giant guitar, a new Hard Rock Live arena, and much more. It will be the ultimate venue for accommodations and entertainment when Super Bowl LIV comes to Miami in February 2020, so it must be good to go well before then.

With so much on the line and no time to waste, Suffolk-Yates, the general contractor, decided to regroup after an HVAC contractor struggled and fell behind on the carbon steel piping installation for the casino’s heated- and chilled-water systems. Suffolk-Yates brought in Kirlin, a construction company that had bid on the project, to see if they could get it back on track.

Kirlin Senior Vice President Troy Norris said the company knew the solution would have to be as innovative as the Seminole Tribe’s $1.5 billion project itself, and they were ready to take on the challenge.

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AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH

Kirlin needed to fabricate and install a piping system to connect a central chiller plant to all of the casino’s outlying buildings, including the iconic guitar-shaped hotel and spacious pool area. The company had originally planned to use carbon steel joined with mechanical couplings for the casino expansion and remodel, but when asked to take a second look at the jobsite setup they decided that the situation called for a more innovative approach.

To that end, Kirlin consulted with Ferguson, the largest wholesale distributor of residential and commercial plumbing supplies and pipe, valves and fittings in the U.S., to get Ferguson’s thoughts on how to mobilize the job and make sure it stayed on schedule.

Kirlin liked what they discovered about Aquatherm polypropylene-random (PP-R) pipe, including weight up to 70 percent less than metal pipe, which allowed the installation crews to move, mobilize and fabricate the pipe quickly and efficiently with less fatigue and risk of injury; an anticipated life span of 60 or more years; resistance to corrosion and scaling; and virtually leak-proof heat-fusion connections that require no welding, open flames, or fire watch.

After seeing what it offered, Norris said Kirlin abandoned the conventional welded system and adopted the fusible PP-R piping system as its new build strategy.