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Mr. Broadhag

Kurt A. Broadhag

President, K Allan Consulting

Kurt Broadhag has over 16 years of experience in personal training and gym design. He is president of K Allan Consulting, a firm specializing in health club design and management. K Allan Consulting works in unison with property owners, architects, and interior designers to address fitness solutions and develop functional workout environments. The company specializes in two-dimensional and three-dimensional fitness facility renderings, consulting from conceptual design to final installation. Kurt graduated from California State University, Long Beach with his degree in Exercise Physiology and Dietetics. In 1992, Kurt got involved with gym design opening the Warner Bros. Fitness Center where he implemented a number of programs. He then moved on to create and manage two adjoining gyms on the Paramount Studios lot. There, he supervised the training of music, TV and film stars, and Paramount Studio executives. During this time, Kurt also graduated with a Masters in Sports Medicine and obtained a number of professional certifications, including Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Certified Massage Therapist (CMT), Advanced First Aid Certification and CPR/First Aid/AED Instructor Certification, and T.O.U.C.H Training Certification. Kurt also served as the National Spokesperson for Powerbar and was sent out on publicity tours in radio, TV, and magazines promoting the Powerbar line. Recently he obtained his LEED AP certification and has authored numerous articles on green fitness center design.

Mr. Broadhag can be contacted at 310-601-7768 or kbroadhag@kallanconsulting.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.