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Mr. Finnegan

Rob Finnegan

President & Owner, FEA Consulting Engineers

Rob Finnegan, PE, started his career in 1976 as a draftsman, and has practiced in Las Vegas ever since. Mr. Finnegan is involved with some of the most unique buildings and systems the city has ever constructed. FEA Consulting Engineers was founded in 1990 and the firm specializes in providing mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering as well as lighting design services.

Mr. Finnegan's firm specializes in hospitality and entertainment spaces and in 2018 was listed as one of the country's Top 10 Hotel Engineering Firms in the BD+C Giants 300. His recent hospitality projects have included Las Vegas destinations The Cosmopolitan, The Cromwell, TopGolf and World Market Center. Native American resorts have brought his firm all over the country, from Florida and Maine to Washington and San Diego…and everywhere in between!

The firm's current projects include Resorts World Las Vegas, the Wilton Rancheria in Northern California and Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego. Through the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), Mr. Finnegan's firm has been able to engineer large venues such as Lions Stadium/Ford Field in Detroit and the Gaylord Texan Resort in Dallas.

To provide innovation, Mr. Finnegan believes you have to think differently. This is how he consistently increases the benefit to owners concerning performance, reliability, and maintainability of his designs, all while protecting the environment.  His past projects reveal a common approach of uncommon designs that continue to provide value to owners and the environment.

Mr. Finnegan is licensed in 15 states and holds membership and governing positions in ASHRAE, Green Buildings Council, Clark County Building Board of Appeals, Tall Building Council, and NFPA, to name a few.

Mr. Finnegan can be contacted at 702-269-6060 or rfinnegan@fealasvegas.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.