The Courtyard by Marriott at Irvine Spectrum, which opened in the Summer of 2013, featured a number of sustainable design site elements. In conjunction with the City of Irvine and the Irvine Ranch Water District, the hotel is taking steps towards water conservation through the use of a dedicated recycled water service to exterior landscape features. In addition, the hotel included the use of artificial turf for the approximately 2,000-sf event lawn as a substitute for the water-thirsty natural grass.
An engineer’s perspective is an invaluable tool when it comes to designing a building that is not only useful, but aesthetically pleasing and safe. We thought it would be fun to get a group of our engineers to look at a picture of Drai’s Nightclub at the W Hotel in LA to see what they pick up on as important elements.
When we were approached for the new Courtyard by Marriott project at the Irvine Spectrum, the team wasn’t seeking just another hotel in their vast international list of properties. They imagined a structure that would represent the Southern California debut of Marriott’s latest Gen Next design. This Gen Next concept is Marriott’s response to next generation travelers seeking choices and flexibility. Marriott’s answer provides great room lobby experiences with style, comfort, convenience, and entertainment.
DCI Engineers, a structural and civil engineering firm based in Seattle, Washington, is excited to announce its recent acquisition of a structural engineering firm in San Francisco, California. Structural Design Engineers (SDE) and DCI Engineers are now functioning as one operation in the Bay Area, known as DCI+SDE Engineers (DCI+SDE). Principal Jeff Brink, previously located in DCI Engineers’ Seattle office, has relocated to San Francisco in order to oversee the development of the new DCI+SDE entity. By combining SDE’s longstanding reputation in the community with DCI’s core values of S
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