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The Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida, originally built in 1958, has a storied history as host to stars including members of the famous “Rat Pack,” Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. By 1998 the property had lost its luster and was torn down and replaced in 2002 with a luxury hotel and convention center now known as the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa.

Our involvement as general contractors with the Westin Diplomat began shortly after its opening and continued in earnest in 2008 when we were contracted to build a new escalator that connected the pedestrian bridge and parking with the lower “Diplomat Landings” mall level, previously only served by elevators.

We returned in 2009 – 2010 for two of the most challenging projects we’ve ever undertaken. First, the installation of a newly designed boiler room within the hotel to replace the original systems located in the west facility. On the heels of this successful installation we followed with the replacement of the hotel’s entire chilled water system managing the installation of about one mile of HDPE pipe. This required excavation beneath S. Ocean Drive/SR A1A through this busy Hallandale to Hollywood Beach corridor. Challenges included Maintenance of Traffic, delicately excavating around a maze of other utilities requiring underground exploratory camera work, managing various ground water and tide conditions. We’re proud to report our work was accomplished seamlessly while the hotel remained operational without a loss of hot water or air conditioning either of which could have been devastating to the guest experience. GSD Contracting completed the work with zero guest incidents!

Construction continues in the hospitality space including assisted living facilities like the Emerald Park Retirement Center where we contracted to add Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s & Memory Care units as additions to their existing independent living. For Inverrary Country Club in Lauderhill, we collaborated with owners and interior designers to provide cost-conscious solutions to the remodeling of all interior areas: lobby, corridors and dining rooms. Other similar luxurious and private country clubs and golf communities benefitted from our services.

Needless to say, we feel very comfortable in hotel construction in general, and at Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa specifically. To learn more and view photos from these challenging infrastructure projects, click here.

Whether its about the glitz and glamour or the infrastructure behind it all, you’ll see the hands of a true builder at work. GSD knows what it takes to deliver fabulous for large, boutique and even historic hotels. Call us at 954-961-4222 or fill out the Project Details form so we can submit a bid.

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