Entry ID: 1181
Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Round Rock, Texas, is a newly constructed multi-use facility. The owner’s vision of an all-inclusive destination resort, designed in a traditional African tribal theme, was achieved through the architectural and interior design team at HKS, Inc. The Kalahari boasts of nearly one thousand premium guest rooms and suites; multiple restaurants with full kitchens; more than 10,000 sq. ft. of retail space; the nation’s largest indoor waterpark (at 223,000 sq. ft.); an outdoor waterpark with three acres of outdoor pools; a 100,000 sq. ft. indoor amusement park which includes arcade games, carnival rides, miniature golf, ropes course and climbing wall, and laser tag; a bowling alley; and a full-service spa. All this in addition to a beautiful 200,000 sq. ft. convention center. Custom Milliken carpet tile, printed with tribal patterns and traditional African design, was used throughout the resort, successfully conveying the owner’s vision, giving the feel of the savannah in the center of Texas.
The challenge: An eleven-month deadline to completely install all finished floors, with multiple delays, shutdowns, and quarantined workers due to Covid-19, all while working with the design and layout of very specific, unique, and custom patterns. The Milliken carpet in the hotel corridors started out as broadloom carpet, but the challenges of cost, layout, storage, and short timeline for install, gave me an opportunity to suggest and implement a change that required about half of the storage and layout previously needed. This improved the budget by about 25% for that type of floor and increased install speed by about 75%... but kept the intricate custom pattern. The original broadloom had approximately a 14’x7’ pattern repeat. Working very closely with the GC (Hensel-Phelps), the owner of Kalahari, and Milliken, we were able to keep the exact design they wanted by breaking it down into multiple pattern-pieces that tied together in each direction and location of a turning and angling corridor. The pattern-pieces have a, to the naked eye, invisible mark on them denoting its proper location, but with the proper ultraviolet flashlight, the numbers are easily read to create an install-by-number type of pattern layout/design scenario. An example: There is a hatch mark that repeats every 16 feet on each left or right side of all corridors (see photo #1). At the 16-foot mark the hatch mark switches to the opposite side of the corridor, creating a different pattern group. So, the install pattern for each would look like this, Pattern C1-15 pieces Left, the next would look like Pattern D1-15 pieces Right. It would repeat the length of the straight line. As it approached a turn or varying angle in the corridor, a different multi-piece pattern was introduced to accommodate each turn and not lose the integrity of the pattern. Having so many different pattern sets, this was an install that required a lot of team effort to locate and section the correct pieces for where they would be needed, when they would be needed - all while keeping the tight schedule required by the owner, and facing the many challenges related to COVID-19. The result: We met the goal, as a team, 2 days early, with intricately designed carpeted corridors that bring to mind a safari on the African savannah – you can almost hear the tribal drums and the roar of a lion in the background.