Marina Bay Sands Resort
Client: Las Vegas Sands Corporation
Parsons Brinckerhoff Role: Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Design and Site Supervision
The Marina Bay Sands Resort opened in 2010; it is Singapore’s latest landmark and a premier entertainment destination. Located on the Marina Bay waterfront, the luxury resort features three cascading hotel towers topped by a one-hectare sky park; extensive convention and exhibition facilities;, and high-end shopping and dining outlets. Major resort elements include an Expo and Convention Center measuring approximately 1.3 million square feet (120,000 square meters) and featuring two convention halls, three levels of ballrooms that can be converted into 250 meeting rooms, and a grand ballroom; the Marina Bay Sands Hotel with approximately 2,600 luxury rooms and suites; two state-of-the-art theaters with approximately 4,000 seats; shops featuring international luxury brands; a waterfront promenade; a casino; and a museum with a unique roof designed to channel rainwater through the center atrium of the building, forming a waterfall.
Parsons Brinckerhoff was responsible for overall design, coordination, and site supervision of all mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. These included the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system; a high voltage and low voltage electrical system, as well as an extra low voltage system; fire services and smoke control systems; the plumbing and drainage system, including a compressed air system and a desalination system; vertical transportation systems, including elevators and escalators; swimming pool and spa filtration systems; and an underground boiler plant. The firm worked in partnership with contractors to provide solutions to issues as they emerged, thereby minimizing delays, and successfully initiated an early planning process involving utility companies and government departments to meet a tight schedule for utility connections. Parsons Brinckerhoff’s designs also utilized sustainable solutions, such as a system for heat recovery from exhaust air, and a rainwater collection system for non-potable uses.