Project: Minhal Crowne Plaza Hotel
Location: Riyadh, KSA
Products: Air Terminals, Fans, Jet Fans, Ecology Units
Technical expertise and exceptional customer service land Energy International prestigious Minhal Crowne Plaza project
The Crowne Plaza Hotel Riyadh Minhal is a 5 star hotel located in the heart of the city.
The stylish hotel, constructed in 1991, offers 223 designer rooms and first-class luxury amenities, and is a mainstay for Saudi tourists, located in close proximity to the King Abdulaziz Historical Center, Riyadh Zoo and the King Fahad Library & Garden.
The hotel last underwent a renovation in 2012 and is currently going through a major expansion with the addition of 10 story and 6 story towers, increasing capacity to 330 executive rooms and the addition of a car park that will accommodate 220 vehicles
The renovation will offer additional dining options and amenities and feature the largest lobby area of any hotel in Riyadh.
Energy International is supplying a number of products to the hotel renovation project including air terminals and ventilation fans from U.S manufacturers Metal Industries (MetalAire) and Air Handling Systems (PennBarry) a division of Johnson Controls Inc.
PennBarry is supplying a number of fans to the project including Centrex SX, Domex, Breezeway and large industrial ESI models.
Centrex fans are in-line mounted moving air through the ventilation system. Domex fans are roof-mounted exhaust fans used to remove heat and odors from kitchens and bathrooms along with other general purpose applications like hallways, offices and meeting rooms.
Breezeway axial propeller fans are wall-mounted and used for exhaust and supply for utility rooms and warehouses.
Pennbarry’s industrial ESI fans feature a patented design that combines the compact, high-volume advantages of axial fans with the low-sound efficiency of tubular centrifugal fans.
Metalaire air terminals are an important element of the facility’s ventilation system. These versatile units assist in keeping the system properly pressurized while offering occupants the ability to adjust the climate in each sector of the building.
German manufacturer Wolter GmbH, a specialist in smoke and exhaust extraction, is providing AVX fans for smoke extraction in the hotel atrium. Smoke fans are specifically designed to work in extreme heat for several hours to remove smoke from exit areas in the event of a fire.
Wolter is also providing their patented jet fans to be installed in the hotel’s car park. Jet fans remove harmful vehicle exhaust replacing it with clean air.
Ecology units are designed and specified by Green Energy, Energy’s air purification division, and manufactured by Energy Industrial Company, Energy’s manufacturing arm located in Sharajah, UAE.
Each unit is comprised of multiple electrostatic precipitators from Purified Air (UK) a carbon filtration system and a PennBarry commercial exhaust fan all combined together in one efficient, ready to install package.
Marwan Mroueh, Sales Engineer in the Riyadh, Saudi Arabia office has been working on the project for nearly two years.
“I started following the project in the tender stage, visiting the construction site and following up with the main contractor, Riyadh Development Company,” said Mroueh. “ When Al Fayhaa (for General Trading & Contracting Est.) was named the MEP subcontractor, I contacted them for the specifications for the products we represent, provided them with quotes and worked with them to finalize our offers.”
Mroueh says that Energy’s reputation in the market backed by expert technical support were the main reasons Al Fayhaa chose EIC’s products for the project.
“They have complete confidence in the product knowledge and technical expertise of the Energy International team,” said Mroueh. “Their trust in us has led them to choose Energy to work with them on a number of other projects in Saudi Arabia such as the construction of the Riyadh Metro system.”
Al Fayhaa and the consultant sent over the flow data for the fans for the project and the Energy team provided all of the external static pressure calculations based on the client’s drawings.
“The Al Fayhaa team was very cooperative and professional, supporting us and providing us with everything we needed,” said Mroueh.
The Energy-Riyadh engineering team worked with Green Energy on the flow calculations for the ecology units and calculated the static pressure data.
“The technical data for the atrium’s smoke management system was handled by Wolter,” said Mroueh. “We submitted our proposal based on international standards and suggested the flow needed for the number of fans requested.”
“For the JET Fans, the Wolter team worked with us to do all the calculation and the CFD analysis.”
As part of Energy International’s commitment to customer satisfaction, Energy’s U.S. headquarters hosted Naeem Moien, Sr. Mechanical Engineer for Khatib & Alami, the consultancy firm working on the Crowne Plaza project.
Naeem visited with Energy U.S. staff in Canton, Michigan before travelling to Air Handling Systems (PennBarry) headquarters in Plano Texas with Sam Nassif, EIC Vice President of Sales.
In Texas they were joined by Zafar Ul Haq Ahmad, Director of Engineering, Crowne Plaza Riyadh Minhal and David Cortez, International Sales Manager, PennBarry.
Naeem and Zafar were invited to Plano to witness the testing of the fans for the Crowne Plaza project at PennBarry’s in-house testing laboratories. PennBarry tests each fan it manufactures before it is shipped to the field.
All products are currently being shipped to the job site in Riyadh as construction is underway.