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Mr. Verrier

Bob Verrier

Managing Partner, The Architectural Team, Inc.

An exemplary leader in historic preservation and adaptive reuse, Bob Verrier has designed 50+ award-winning historic buildings throughout his career. His work has been a hallmark of The Architectural Team's practice since its inception in 1971. Under Mr. Verrier's direction, the firm has built a foundation of 'lifetime' clients, enabling it to expand from four employees to more than 90. A graduate of the Boston Architectural College, he is registered to practice architecture in 27 states. As managing partner of The Architectural Team, Mr. Verrier has been instrumental in the preservation of hundreds of historic structures including but not limited to Walter Baker Chocolate Factory, Boott Mills, Livingston School, Counting House Lofts and Building 114. His expertise is sought-out in areas beyond traditional design services, particularly real estate development, where he is revered for his strategic and creative approach to developing underutilized assets, revitalizing communities and waterfronts through innovative reuse. He also has a keen understanding of urban development and agency financing programs. Preserving the architectural heritage of distinct architectural regions throughout the U.S. has been the foundation of Mr. Verrier's career. He believes historic buildings are of too great importance to our identity and national diversity to be considered disposable. In 1988, Mr. Verrier was personally honored by President Ronald Reagan with a National Historic Preservation Award for the preservation and adaptive reuse of the Baker Chocolate Factory complex. The range of his work and unparalleled depth of experience in historic preservation earned him elevation to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in 2012.

Please visit http://www.architecturalteam.com for more information.

Mr. Verrier can be contacted at 617-889-4402 or bverrier@architecturalteam.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.