The Lake Nona Wave Hotel, inspired by the visual of a wavelength of energy, incorporates the latest technological advancements in guest experiences to create the ultimate addition to Lake Nona, the “smart city with soul.” Located in Orlando, FL, the mixed-use planned community Lake Nona, brings together technology and luxury lifestyle, with the hotel at its epicenter.
EXP provided a range of services for the Lake Nona Wave Hotel, which has been touted as the “most technologically advanced hotel on the planet,” by Travel + Leisure Magazine. EXP provided commissioning services directly to the client and owner, Tavistock and was a subconsultant to Arquitectonica and GSB, providing MEP-FP engineering, technology design as well as lighting design.
The state-of-the-art hotel features 234 high-tech guest rooms with integrated smart room controls for lights, shades, AV, thermostats and televisions with tablet and voice activation, wifi6, smart toilets, housekeeping robots and keyless entry systems. On the exterior, the hotel features a dynamic glazed window façade. This distinctive feature changes the tint of the glass depending on the sun’s location to minimize glare and maximize energy efficiency.
Throughout the hotel, lighting design plays a fundamental role in the overall guest experience. Cutting edge LED luminaries and lighting controls were used throughout the property, including UVC 222nm lighting for sanitizing back-of-house areas and an iconic kinetic chandelier over the check in area of the lobby. Emphasizing the wave form façade, EXP specified a dynamic LED linear luminaire that brilliantly outlines the organic shape of the hotel in the night skyline.
With a project start date of 2017, EXP has been involved in the Lake Nona Wave Hotel Project throughout a range of challenging moments, including managing construction and the interior phase of design at the height of COVID-19 and breaking ground in an area without existing infrastructure. With these challenges, EXP team members adjusted to unique construction challenges, supply-chain timelines and developed new processes for designing while working remotely. Throughout it all, Principal and Project Manager, Will Pearsall says, “What I am most proud of is how our professionals worked with all the different challenges associated with pushing the envelope on a highly detailed and cutting-edge project, through COVID, managed the tough moments and were still there at the end.”
To learn more about EXP’s hospitality expertise, contact Vice President, Chris Kearney.