Waldorf Astoria - Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans, LA
When the new owners of the old Fairmont hotel in New Orleans decided to renovate the hotel as the NEW Roosevelt Hotel, A Waldorf Astoria Property, Digital Designers was chosen as the low voltage provider for wiring the entire property for audio, video, and telecommunications.
According to Michael Harkins, one of the founding partners at Digital Designers, the project presented some unique challenges. The hotel as seen in the picture to the right, has two distinct residential towers which were being renovated in different phases. Connecting the two towers from a telecommunications perspective required some ingenious planning and design elements.
Just one part of the project included adding high quality analog cameras in the 7 elevators in both towers. This created a huge challenge as video and power had to traverse multiple junction points in the elevator shaft. Existing CAT-5e phone lines were used to pass Video from the 12th floor IDF junction point to each elevator control room. Video was then passed down to newly installed CAT-5e cable from that 12th floor IDF junction to a 3rd floor IDF. From there, the cable was run across a city block to the PBX using existing CAT-5e cable pairs. Finally, existing pairs of cable (that were running back across the city block through the basement from the PBX to the Security Department) were utilized to get video to the digital video recorders.
In addition to the surveillance system, Digital Designers designed and installed a complete wiring solution that included WAP, MATV and POS Design, wiring termination and certification in all 504 guest rooms.
By working closely with the project’s managers, Digital Designers was able to deliver the project on time and within budget. In addition to the completion of the project, Digital Designers maintains an ongoing service contract to support the hotel's current and future needs in the low voltage category.
The Roosevelt Hotel opened its historic doors on July 1st, 2009.