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Mr. Mattler

Bob Mattler

Managing Director, Pace Equity

Bob Mattler joined PACE Equity in 2015 and is Managing Director of Michigan. PACE Equity is the leading national turnkey PACE project developer and funder in the country. PACE Equity is also the leader in utilizing PACE in hospitality projects. Bob's passion and practice involves assisting a wide variety of developers and building owners to access PACE financing. His current projects include a ground up construction senior living center, adaptive reuse of an old industrial building and a major infrastructure upgrade of a large hospital. As a new economic development tool in Michigan, Bob is helping to open PACE financing to a variety of asset classes, for profit and non-profit entities, bankers, lawyers, brokers and the Michigan commercial real estate industry in general. Combining real property legal skills, commercial real estate brokerage experience and almost ten years of involvement with the local chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and its green LEED certification, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is the means to which Bob helps property owners and developers achieve their property business objectives. Among the highlights of his professional career of helping commercial property owners add value to their buildings includes almost twenty five years as an attorney, property tax consultant and leasing specialist with a boutique retail brokerage firm in the metropolitan Detroit area. Much of Bob's recent interaction with the commercial real estate community in Michigan has been to illustrate the business case for maintaining more efficient buildings which leads to a more valuable real estate investment. Information on this new economic development tool is now available in 30+ states and DC.

Please visit http://www.pace-equity.com for more information.

Mr. Mattler can be contacted at 248-762-4370 or bmattler@pace-equity.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.