Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 18
by LARRY MOGELONSKY, MBA, P.ENG.
S IS THE CASE FOR MANY OF MY FELLOW BABY BOOMERS, IT WAS
time for my wife and I to downsize from a rather massive family home
to a cozier condominium. Long since achieving empty nester status and
with the kids both having gotten a foothold in their respective careers,
we needed a new project, and renovating our new apartment seemed
like just the ticket.
What started as a mere paint job and the purchasing of new appliances,
though, morphed into a $200-per-square-foot money pit comprising LED
lighting, flooring, HVAC, 'smart' technology, electric mirrors, sound systems,
kitchen furnishings and plumbing fixtures. Ultimately, we ended up experiencing a quintessential case of 'scope creep' - something that is actually quite
common for any property refurbishment. I was just lucky that, despite the
increased capital expenditure, all emotional outbursts were kept duly in check.
Hotel renovations are significantly larger in scale but nonetheless follow the same methodology. They are a necessary dread of our industry,
and as everyone knows, there will be scope creep and possibly a few tears.
Renovations are essential, however, to keep pace with the constantly changing décor trends, star-rating updates and chain-mandated requirements as
well as technological advancements that progress from value-adds to guest
Having gone through a dozen large-scale projects of this kind over the past
four decades working in the hospitality industry, I discovered hoteliers can
keep up with changing industry trends - and keep their sanity - by following
a general guideline of the following 12 tips.
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