Hotel Renovations: Keep an Eye on the Return on Design
By Eric Rahe Principal, BLT Architects | June 16, 2013
This article co-authored by Donna Lisle AIA, LEED A Senior Associate of BLT Architects and Harry Stenger RA, LEED BD+C, a registered architect and Associate of BLT Architects
Most of the hotel owners and operators we have worked with recently plan major renovations on their properties at least every five to eight years. They often face very a similar challenge: managing risk and surprises through the process of maximizing the return on their investment. Very few renovations go as predicted though, resulting in significant danger to the physical plant, guest experience, and bottom line.
From crumbling infrastructure to environmental hazards to undoing and/or figuring out what happened during prior renovations, there's literally something - often something costly - behind every wall or ceiling.
As a best practice, property owners and operators should always do some homework - or hire someone to do it for them - before beginning a renovation project.
Begin by Considering the Goal of the Renovation
Transformation to an upscale hotel? Sprucing up a mid-priced family hotel? A more technologically advanced place for business travelers? Budget accommodations? A better meeting or special event destination? Something in-between?
These questions may be easily answered with a clear vision from leadership as well as an understanding of the local market. Not knowing the answers in advance will lead to confusion throughout the process and could lead the entire process astray.