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What to keep in mind when renovating historic hotels.

When renovating a historic hotel, you are riding a fine line between creating a modern hotel experience while maintaining the appeal of the original space.  Because you must strike a balance, it’s important that these projects are well-planned and effectively managed.  Consider the following when managing your historic hotel renovation:

  • Budgeting

When budgeting for a historic hotel renovation project, you need to account for the usual expenses.  This includes the cost of building materials, labor, and equipment.  On top of these standard costs, you also need to account for additional fees associated with hiring contractors that specialize in working with older buildings.  Project managers also need to secure the appropriate tax credits and approvals before the renovation can begin.

  • Scheduling

Unlike typical hotel renovations, historic hotel renovations typically take longer to complete.  This is because architects and designers must work around space constraints while preserving the original charm of the building.  Additionally, managers may need more time to secure permits and may be subject to more building code inspections due to the age of the building being renovated.  With longer timelines and more hoops to jump through, project managers need to be particularly meticulous when scheduling to avoid costly project delays.

  • Reworking the Space

Historic renovation projects face common challenges.  Because old buildings were not designed with modern guest expectations in mind, contractors have to deal with issues like limited space and unexpected infrastructure issues.   To create appealing and workable environments, designers must get creative with how they utilize space.  They also have to find solutions for integrating modern amenities (Wi-Fi access, Smart TVs, etc.) without disrupting too much of the original architecture.

These are some of the things to consider when embarking on a historic hotel renovation project.  Are you looking for assistance with your hotel renovation project?  If so, then contact Nikki Fox at Parkwest General Contractors at Nikki@ParkwestGC.com.  Our dedicated team is eager to assist you with all your building upgrade needs today.

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