Their challenge

Located in the former Ambassador East Hotel, the iconic Pump Room restaurant required some major space renovations as well as mechanical, electrical, and plumbing updates. Our client wanted to restore the hotel to its former charm, but with a modern touch, rebranding it to be the Ambassador Hotel Chicago. To do so, they needed a partner who had the skills to handle the engineering design to accommodate the renovations.

Our solution

Salas O’Brien rose to the challenge, performing mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design work for the renovation. Our team’s work included a due diligence evaluation of the building’s current systems, as well as design for the complete refurbishing of those systems for the common areas of the hotel. Since the two commercial kitchens, dining areas, lounges, lobby areas, offices, and conference rooms were all renovated, the space was then reviewed for available capacity. Once that was finished, our team provided new equipment for the renovated spaces, including air handling equipment that utilized existing chilled water and steam systems. To top off the project, our team supported the refurbishment of plumbing, fire protection, and electrical systems to accommodate the new renovations.