Gaylord Rockies will investigate itself for HVAC collapse at indoor pool

The company RK Mechanical did not design the system and only installed and fabricated it. The information on its website said the incorrect story. Please note that this story has been updated to reflect this. Editor’s Note.

Investigators will not include any government in the investigation into what caused the collapse of the overhead HVAC system at the Gaylord Rockies Convention and Resort Center in Aurora, Colorado.

On a privately owned land, Aurora Fire or any other municipal organization lacks the authority to probe into the cause of the incident. Upon receiving the emergency call on Saturday morning, Aurora Fire Rescue stated that six individuals were injured, two of whom sustained injuries that could be life-threatening.

We are working with appropriate experts to conduct a thorough investigation, and our focus is on helping our affected associates, guests, and those impacted. We are very grateful to the Aurora Fire Department for their swift actions, and our top priorities on Saturday were to render assistance to those directly impacted and provide support to emergency responders. “We are devastated by this traumatic incident,” said a spokesperson for Gaylord Rockies Convention Center and Resort in an emailed statement to FOX31.

The spokesperson for RK Mechanical, including the experts who are likely to have lots of questions, did not respond to follow-up questions.

Completing the entire undertaking, encompassing both the hotel and conference center, our team functioned as the sole mechanical subcontractor. The Denver-based company, as stated on its official website, “constructed and implemented the brand-new mechanical, hydronic and plumbing systems for this construction project from scratch.”

The 1,500-room hotel and conference area became accessible to the general public twelve months after RK Mechanical shared a video in December 2017 highlighting its accomplishments.

The corporation issued a declaration to the Troubleshooters on Monday afternoon.

RK Mechanical was one of the builders that set up mechanical machinery at the Gaylord Rockies Resort during its building process approximately five years ago,” the statement states. “We are and will persist in collaborating with regional authorities, the Gaylord, and other builders to ascertain the reason behind this incident. In the meantime, our sympathies are with those who have been impacted by this regrettable occurrence, and we are present to assist in any manner we are able to.”

In Gaylord accident, black liquid spewed from broken ductwork

According to an anonymous mechanical engineer interviewed by the Problem Solvers, the black liquid observed flowing out of the damaged ductwork was most likely a result of the mixture of water, mold, and mildew buildup.

He suspected that the vents in the ductwork may have been poorly designed and positioned in such a way that they couldn’t properly escape the heavy liquid moisture from the pool area, eventually causing the ductwork to collapse and snap under the weight built up over the years.

According to a construction defects litigation attorney, who shared the information with the Problem Solvers on background, the moisture accumulation from the pool area might have affected the stability of the ductwork above.

In December 2018, the biggest hotel and conference center in the state commenced operations following the approval of over 60,000 inspections by the city of Aurora for the Gaylord Rockies Resort.

The spokesperson for the city of FOX31 informed us that annual inspections are generally not required, once the permits are approved, to ensure that everything works properly for the private owner of Gaylord Resort Rockies.