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Renew & Refresh: Renovating in the Hospitality Sector

  Hotels aren’t just a place to sleep. They reflect and contribute to the cultural fabric of their city—sometimes even help define it. But as increased competition, online reviews, and public expectations change, hotels must keep up. “Hotels typically have a 5-to-10-year lifecycle,” says Mark Jones, Structure Tone Southwest (STSW) vice preident. “Even the coolest or most historic hotels must stay fresh. They can’t compete on legacy alone.” In San Antonio, Jones and his team have been working with Hotel Valencia Riverwalk for nearly a decade to do just that. Already one of...

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It’s All About the Fans: Reshaping Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center

In the world of sports, competition is everything. And not just for the players—sports arenas, too, must constantly up their game to remain in tune with spectator expectations and needs. As the Wells Fargo Center—home to the Philadelphia 76ers, Flyers, Wings, and Soul—approached its 20th year in operation, owner Comcast Spectacor found themselves facing a tough decision: Do we build a brand-new facility or renovate what we have to meet modern standards? The team ultimately decided to launch an extensive, strategically phased plan to upgrade the arena throughout, from amenities and...

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The Retail Race

  Designing and building large department stores presents a series of contrasts—they can be fairly straightforward in concept, yet ever-shifting as the project moves forward. Clearly segmented into departments, but under one comprehensive roof. In other words, these types of retail projects have their own unique quirks that require a certain level of experience and skill to manage together with the owner, the design team, and the various vendors who become part of the team as the store approaches opening day. Govan Brown is one of Canada’s leading retail contractors and has...

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Industry sustainability survey shows interest in carbon accounting, smart buildings is growing

Costs and education, however, remain barriers NEW YORK, NY (December 11, 2019) – While cost and education remain barriers to implementing more progressive sustainability measures in the built environment, interest in such measures as embodied carbon accounting and smart buildings is growing, according to a recent survey by the STO Building Group. Now in its fourth year, the survey anonymously polls a select group of senior commercial real estate owners, end users, and industry partners to get a sense of the current state of sustainability, wellness, and resilience and what trends...

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