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Hoteliers Benefit from No-Cost Cooling!

After receiving some great questions from our last newsletter, I wanted to dive into another energy-efficient hotel design solution, one that is often overlooked. This solution involves utilizing your hotel’s dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS) for no-cost cooling. A DOAS is a unit typically mounted on a hotel roof that is used to condition (heat, […]

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Hotel Wood Framing Costs Decline

Last November, I reported a price increase in the U.S. softwood lumber market. When costs historically crossed the $600/1000ft board price earlier this year, hoteliers and developers grew increasingly concerned. Since June, however, the market has experienced a decline (see the graph below). In the wake of these turning tides, I present the following points […]

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Hotel Tankless Water Heater Systems

In our last newsletter, I shared the basic considerations for designing hot water systems in order to avoid the colonization of Legionella bacteria. Increasingly popular is the Tankless Water Heater System. In fact, we are now including tankless systems in nearly 50% of our hotel designs. Below I explain the basics of these systems for […]

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Is My Hotel A High-Rise?

High-Rise Possibilities As land costs continue to rise, hotel developers are looking for new ways to maximize density on new projects. One way to increase guest capacity is to add stories to the hotel. Zoning restrictions limit the height potential on some projects; however, others have high-rise possibilities. In this article, I discuss the implications […]

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Efficient Hotel Design Tips – Save Monthly Utility Costs

With construction costs on the rise, most developers are looking for ways to cut both upfront and operational costs. One way to drive down operational costs is to design a hotel as energy efficient as possible.  While we see very few developers pursuing “formal” sustainable certifications like LEED, we do encourage all of our clients […]

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What Construction Type is Right for your Hotel?

Hardly a day goes by where we don’t find ourselves talking to hotel developers about construction types. Whether it be wood, concrete, steel, block & plank, or ICF, construction costs continue to be on the rise and evaluating all your options for construction early on will help ensure you select the one that is right […]

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Helsinki Travel Guide

Helsinki is a city that draws more and more attention to itself. Several Danes have begun to travel to the city than ever before – and if that applies to you, you’ve come to the right place. Here you will find a guide to finding a hotel in Helsinki, as well as an overview of […]

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Condemned billionaire: Hotel Dolder for sale

Urs Schwarzenbach has to pay huge sums; this, after he lost in the last instance against the Zurich tax authorities. It is about 270 million francs, which owes the well-known former foreign exchange traders and enterprising art dealers to the Treasury. The question is: where does Schwarzenbach take that much money from? Now the answer […]