Originally constructed in 1997, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru was redeveloped as a four-star hotel in accordance with the Hilton Worldwide Design and Construction Standard. The updated hotel in southern Malaysia occupies a total gross floor area of close to 40,000 square meters.
The retrofit of the original building required the T.Y. Lin International (TYLI) team to review and repair existing mechanical and electrical equipment, and to identify, assess, and recommend a range of alternative energy-efficient solutions best-suited to meet the needs of the existing structure. In addition to operating under significant structural and space constraints, the TYLI team also had to manage construction activities while the building remained in operation.
- Modern energy-efficient systems were incorporated into the existing structure, in compliance with the Hilton Worldwide Design Standard.
- TYLI designed and installed the building management system (BMS), the heartbeat of the development.
- Energy-efficient chillers, pumps with variable speed drive, and cooling towers were installed.
- For optimum safety and security, the building was designed with the latest CCTV technology for monitoring all activities on hotel premises, with hundreds of cameras for 24/7 surveillance of all back-of-house, public, and surrounding areas.
- The latest fire protection technology was installed, with sprinklers, smoke detectors, hose reels, wet risers, and gas suppression systems seamlessly linked, monitored, and controlled at the fire command center.
- In the event of a fire or alarm activation, the hotel’s fire system is also linked to the local fire department, where an emergency page is sent to alert them of any danger concerning a rapid response.