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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.

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

Mr. Finnegan can be contacted at +1 702-269-6060 or rfinnegan@fealasvegas.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.