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Mr. Kavanagh

Matt Kavanagh

Senior Project Manager, JN+A

Matthew Kavanagh is Senior Project Manager with JN+A. He has more than fifteen years of professional architectural experience, with extensive experience in the hospitality industry.

Mr. Kavanagh has been with JN+A for eleven years where he serves as an architectural project lead and has participated in all phases of design for ground up, renovated, and repositioned hotels and resorts.

Mr. Kavanagh serves as a main liaison between the Client and the architectural team. He has significant experience in programming and conceptual design, designing over 400 hotels over the last 5 years for several hotel brands. Some of his recent projects include the ground-up Cambria Suites in Phoenix-Desert Ridge, Arizona; The Mayflower Hotel public space renovation in Washington, DC; Hilton Hotel in Christiana, DE; Hampton Inn Logan Airport in Revere, MA; Cambria Suites in Pittsburgh, PA; EVEN Hotel in Norwalk, CT; and the upcoming Cambria Suites in Morristown, NJ.

Prior to joining the JN+A team, he was a Job Captain for a Washington, D.C.-based firm that worked in the hospitality and residential sectors. During this time, he developed a solid foundation in design for the hospitality industry, working extensively with Choice Hotels and Cambria Suites on prototype development, local model rooms, and hotel projects. He also helped to commence and found the firm's green initiative.

Mr. Kavanagh's other experience includes design for senior living communities, multi-family projects, residence halls, and commercial projects. Mr. Kavanagh earned his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Architecture degrees at The Catholic University of America and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

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

Mr. Kavanagh can be contacted at +1 301-670-1635 or mkavanagh@nehmer.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.