The New York Palace Hotel boasts a prestigious heritage. Constructed in 1882 as The Villard Houses for prominent financier Henry Villard, the residence changed from private homes to offices for corporate, internationally known companies over the next century. The Archdiocese of New York cleared the land for a hotel in the mid 1970s, adding a 55-story tower to the Villard Houses. With a blend of past and present, this New York City landmark is a stunning venue for both business and social occasions.
When Gardiner & Theobald, a global Project Management firm, began planning a complete remodel of this iconic property, they knew they needed to understand the intricate architectural styling and the changes made throughout the years. They commissioned Coast 2 Coast to generate an all-encompassing as-built documentation package for the 985,000 sq. ft. project because of the company’s extensive experience capturing complex details in busy operating environments
To complete the goals for the as-built survey, Coast 2 Coast employed a variety of advanced tools to document the ornate architecture. In addition to laser measuring devices, field survey specialist used Total Stations and specialized software. The team also used 3D laser scanners in the restaurant to document the highly detailed, hand-carved wall panels. With the combination of tools, the team maintained exacting accuracy in the footprint, elevations and core building drawings.
Coast 2 Coast’s on-site and in-house Project Management team worked closely with the hotel management. This extensive communication, planning and collaboration minimized the impact on hotel operations and guest experience, and enabled the survey team to complete tasks an efficiently. Additionally, Coast 2 Coast’s staff Architect spent time on the project to decide a “best approach” in drafting more complex features. In just over two months, the resulting as-built documentation, including floor plans, reflected ceiling plans, roof plans, elevations and cross sections became the foundation for the planned multimillion dollar renovation.