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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 May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.