The Inn at Spanish Bay

Pebble Beach, California

The Inn at Spanish Bay is a 270 room luxury hotel located just 1,000 feet from the Pacific Ocean along 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach, CA. The standard guest room is over 550 square feet with a fireplace and outdoor deck or patio. Facilities include The Links at Spanish Bay (an 18-hole championship golf course), and a convention complex with associated dining facilities and retail spaces.

Built along a natural ridge line, the Inn appears to hug the sand dunes and wind among the trees. Finish materials were used to help the Inn blend into its natural environment, including earth-tones clay roof tiles, copper chimney caps and fascias, and sand-colored stucco. The Links, located between the Inn and the ocean, was designed to complement and provide and alternate golfing location to the Pebble Beach Course.

The Pebble Beach Company, which developed the resort, was concerned with mechanical noise control and the acoustical design issues of individual guest rooms, meeting rooms, and conference facilities. Their goal was to achieve a high level of sound isolation with very quiet background sound levels.

To accomplish this, the guest room walls and ceilings received special acoustical treatments such as resilient channels, multiple layers of gypsum board, and Gypcrete topping slabs. This high level of acoustical detailing made every issue critical. Door gaskets and perimeter caulk were used to seal the walls airtight and all outlet boxes, pipe, and duct penetrations were scrutinized. Mechanical noise was reduced by insulating all plumbing shafts and caulking all pipe penetrations.

Construction administration was critical to the success of this project. Monthly site visits were implemented to ensure that construction document details were followed. These site visits indicated that initial plumbing noise control requirements were not being met. Additional mock up tests were made of the guest rooms’ mechanical ventilation system to ensure that the environment would meet the acoustical criteria established during the design phase. Other acoustical issues addressed during construction included the fan coil units and the chilled water system.

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