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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 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.