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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 May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.