The 2002 rebuilding of the storied Diplomat, originally built in 1958, was one of the most significant hospitality construction projects in South Florida in recent times. However, by 2009, the boiler room wasn’t operating efficiently and needed to be replaced. This work needed to be accomplished without disturbing guests, the resort’s revenue lifeline.
We conducted excavation under busy South Ocean Drive/SR A1A and through a maze of other utilities requiring underground exploratory camera work. We had to plan for ground water and tide conditions. And we kept traffic flowing on the busy road above, working through the night when lane closures were necessary.
We accomplished the boiler room work (and replacement of the chilled water piping system the next year) with zero guest incidents, including public pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The hotel remained operational without a loss of hot water or air conditioning, a feat greatly appreciated by the management. Our work for the Diplomat was one of the most challenging we’ve undertaken to date, and that made it all the more rewarding.