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Mr. Simmons

Andrew Simmons

Director of Hospitality Studio, Nadel Architects

Andrew Simmons, AIA, NCARB is the Director of Hospitality Studio for Nadel Architects. He oversees all hotel projects through our Las Vegas office location.

Mr. Simmons has experience in both domestic and international markets with projects that range from "new build" hospitality and mixed-use projects to "renovation/re-purpose" in multiple markets in a variety of scale. He has over 24 years of experience and eight years in the Las Vegas market specifically.

Some of the hospitality clients Mr. Simmons has worked with include: Hyatt, Starwood, Hilton, Marriott and Wyndham Grand. His current projects include the Breakers Hotel, located in Long Beach, California, which is a major renovation of an existing 1927 hotel building as well as the San Leandro Hotel, a mixed-use development with both residential and hospitality components.

One of his revolutionary projects included the Hilton Riyadh Hotel and Residence, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia which is a 1.2 million sf project. The 20-story hotel tower includes 650 rooms, as well as another 14-story tower with 240 apartment units. It is accompanied by a 45,000 sf multi-purpose hall that serves as a central hub in the region for cultural and community events.

In addition, Mr. Simmons also worked on the renovation of the SLS Hotel located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Throughout his career, many of the projects Mr. Simmons has worked on have received international design awards and recognition. His experience shows him to be a proven leader and dedicated to solving complex problems by using creative thinking while effectively balancing client needs.

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

Mr. Simmons can be contacted at +1 310-373-0103 or asimmons@nadelarc.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.