Located at the corner of Erie and State Streets just west of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the new Dana Hotel is a luxury property with 216 guestrooms on 26 floors. The hotel includes a full-service boutique restaurant with 100 seats, spa/fitness component, conference facility, and a unique rooftop lounge with terrace seating areas and a gas-burning fireplace. Guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows of high efficiency glass to provide views of the city.
The HVAC design is based on a water cooled heat pump system that provides guests exceptional flexibility for heating and cooling on an individual basis. The high operating efficiency of the system also reduces energy consumption. Common area spaces on the lower levels, including the lobby and restaurant, as well as private offices and the spa, are served by water cooled, variable air volume air conditioning units that provide excellent temperature control for all zones and rooms.
Concealment of the guest room heat pump units, along with operating sound levels in these spaces, was a priority. Horizontal heat pump units located in the corridor were the original basis of design, but this was modified to vertical stack units in the guest rooms. While this option did require sacrificing usable floor area in the guest room, the careful selection and specification of the units has provided the owner with the designed system without compromising guest comfort.