Baltimore Convention Center Hotel
Located in downtown Baltimore next to Camden Yards Stadium, the Baltimore Convention Center Hotel is the city’s largest hotel and ballroom with more than 750 guest rooms, 62,000 square feet of meeting space, and a 20,000 square foot ballroom.
Southland Engineering provided HVAC, plumbing, and building automation designs for both the East and West buildings. The East building features four floors of public space, and the West consists of two floors of underground parking, ballrooms, and meeting rooms, as well as kitchen and back of house spaces. A connector bridge ties both the East and West buildings together, with a second bridge connecting the East building to the convention center.
Approach & Innovations
Southland Engineering provided a series of innovations to reduce the facility’s energy consumption and to meet LEED Silver requirements. High occupancy spaces are equipped with demand control ventilation systems. The systems monitor carbon dioxide levels to actively control the amount of outside air being introduced into the system.
The design team was able to reduce parking garage fan energy consumption by including a carbon monoxide monitoring system. The system varies the garage air volume based on the amount of cars being parked in the space.
During the design phase, Southland Engineering provided several code alternatives to lower first costs and ongoing facility maintenance costs. This was accomplished by using subduct in lieu of smoke dampers for the guest room toilet exhaust. The team also utilized an innovated guest room make-up air system designed to eliminate nearly a thousand smoke dampers. These two innovations saved the project significant first costs, reduced energy consumption, and reduced ongoing maintenance for the facility operator.
To enhance acoustic performance, specialty designed transfer ducts were utilized to mitigate cross-talk, decrease system static pressure, and lower total energy consumption. The design team collaborated with the architect to strategically integrated return air openings to mechanical rooms that were hidden behind architectural features in the main lobby.
In addition, the facility’s cooling and heating utilized the district’s chilled and steam systems. Southland Engineering performed an economic analysis and assisted the owner in negotiating utility rates that made the decision economically feasible. These efforts significantly reduced the investment costs and maintenance needs for the facility and utilized an efficient and clean energy source in the City of Baltimore.