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What are the Code Allowances for Podium Construction?

What are the Code Allowances for Podium Construction?

What are the Code Allowances for Podium Construction? In my last newsletter, I explained the basics of podium design and the benefits it offers to developers and hoteliers. Today, I discuss what is allowed by the International Building Code (IBC) when utilizing podium construction. What…

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Benefits of Podium Design for Your Hotel

Benefits of Podium Design for Your Hotel

Benefits of Podium Design for Your Hotel In my last newsletter, I reported on the declining cost of wood framing after reaching historic highs. Today I’ll explain how developers utilize wood in podium construction to increase both the area and density for new-build projects. What is Podium…

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Hotel Wood Framing Costs Decline

Hotel Wood Framing Costs Decline

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…

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Hotel Laundry: Common Issues & Major Expenses

Hotel Laundry: Common Issues & Major Expenses

Hotel Laundry: Common Issues & Major Expenses In my previous newsletter, I discussed the basics of designing a hotel laundry area. Today, I present some important considerations for creating a well-maintained laundry system. I also discuss approximate hotel laundry expenses according to various hotel laundry…

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Designing for Your Hotel Laundry Facilities!

Designing for Your Hotel Laundry Facilities!

Designing for Your Hotel Laundry Facilities! Hotel laundry plays a vital role in your hotel’s guest experience. The importance of clean, smooth, and fresh linens cannot be overestimated. The biggest challenge to achieving optimal laundry quality is the sheer volume of laundry. A typical 120-room…

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Hotel Water Softener Basics

Hotel Water Softener Basics

Hotel Water Softener Basics In previous newsletters, I shared the basics of tank and tankless hot water systems. Today, I discuss one last and often overlooked component of the hotel water system – Water Softeners. What Does A Water Softener Do? A water softener is…

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Hotel Tankless Water Heater Systems

Hotel Tankless Water Heater Systems

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…

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Hotel Water Systems – Designing for Safe Water

Hotel Water Systems – Designing for Safe Water

Hot Water Systems – Designing for Safe Water There are an estimated 8,000 to 18,000 cases a year of Legionella Disease in the United States. Legionella bacteria, the cause of Legionnaires’ Disease, is commonly found in water.  If your hotel’s domestic hot water system is…

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Hotel Boardroom Design Reimagined!

Hotel Boardroom Design Reimagined!

Boardroom Design Reimagined! Guest preferences continue to evolve! As designers continue to reimagine more functional guestrooms and interactive common spaces, the underutilized boardroom also has begun to change shape. The formerly stale feel of boardroom design has been rapidly progressing into a multifunctional and creative…

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Hotel Rooftop Pools: Design Considerations

Hotel Rooftop Pools: Design Considerations

Rooftop Pools: Design Considerations Because of rising land costs, rooftop swimming pools are becoming a popular space-saving design option.  Setting up an elevated pool, especially one over habitable rooms, involves many design considerations.  Here are a few: Reliable Building Structure – Water is heavy! To put this in…

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