The Crabtree Valley Marriott Hotel in Raleigh, North Carolina, is conveniently located near the Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU). When the structure began to show signs of deterioration, Marriott's Facility Department did not hesitate to piece together bid documentation to perform repairs. The project posed one interesting challenge. Due to an existing contract between Marriott and RDU airport, the hotel provided much needed day and overnight stays to pilot and flight attendant crews, weary and deserving of restful hours before the next take-off. It was of utmost importance that noise be kept to a minimum during the repair process.
EDS was awarded the contract to perform the repairs. Teaming with the New York based engineering firm The VSA Group, they immediately set out to design a solution.
"Exterior Diagnostic Services performed all the work in accordance with the design specifications. Intricate through wall flashings, wall coatings and cosmetic stucco repair demanded a certain talent and expertise. The EDS team proved to be the experts we needed for this successful project."
-Vince Stramandinoli, P.E, The VSA Group
An initial investigation of the structural conditions found failing sealant, window leaks, improperly sloped ledges which were causing water ponds, spalling concrete at slab edges, and deterioration of metal flashing at the transition from the tower to the low roof. The concrete on the balconies also displayed a need for repair.
Our team of professionals replaced sealant at all joints; expansion joints, window perimeters, and metal-to-glass wet seals. Concrete topping was removed at the window ledges, followed by concrete repair, and the installation of new sloped topping to promote drainage. The flashing at the tower-to-low-roof transition was replaced. The concrete at the balconies was repaired and the stucco walls were coated with elastomeric coating to enable superior waterproofing capacity.
The constant communication between EDS and Marriott's Facilities Department was instrumental in creating and adhering to a schedule that would minimize disruption to guests. EDS successfully completed the project on schedule, and with minimal disruption to guests, including those airline professionals who were able to carry on their extremely important and demanding duties after a restful slumber.
"In spite of the challenges presented by the restoration, EDS displayed a commitment to accommodate all of our specifications and scheduling constraints throughout the project. They maintained great communication with our department and successfully coordinated the work with little disruption to our guests, all on a fully-occupied hotel. I would not hesitate to work with them again for their reliability, results, and professionalism."
-Jimmy Riddle, Director of Engineering, Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley