LA Live | Vast Entertainment Complex Brings Downtown LA to Life

LA Live is a one-of-kind entertainment and hospitality complex across from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The multi-use facility features a 54-story, 1,001 room Marriott/Ritz Carlton Hotel and 225 luxury residences with an adjacent 222,000 SF conference center. Entertainment venues include the Nokia Theater (7,100 seats), Club Nokia (2,200 seats), Grammy Museum and many other entertainment services. Corporate headquarters for AEG and Herbalife are integrated into the project which include the broadcast facilities, subterranean parking garages and support areas. Olympic and Georgia Partners, plus AEG, assembled a design-build MEP team to work alongside Gensler, RTKL, ESL and other design consultants. LEED certification, energy efficiency and an aggressive design/construction schedule were all required–while maintaining the project budgets.

Sunbelt Controls teamed with the mechanical contractor, ACCO Engineered Systems, to contract directly with AEG to provide HVAC design services. Ownership selected Automated Logic’s WebCTRL system product line which covers everything from remote access to utility metering and walk-in sensor monitoring. A major challenge on this project was that construction had to start before the design was complete. Sunbelt Controls engineering worked hand-in-hand with construction crews to provide the necessary design information required. Also there were numerous owner changes that were incorporated into the design and construction that were accomplished within the accelerated 24-month schedule for the hotel and conference center.

Sunbelt Controls work on LA Live included 4 central chilled water plants totaling 4,200 tons, and 4 boiler plants totaling 28,000 MBH. Chilled and hot water piping was distributed to 1,200,000 CFM of air handlers and 1,100 fan coils. There are more than 150 ventilation systems including all the required smoke control systems. The residences are served by the a rooftop condenser system that distributes to more than 330 heat pumps.

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