Every year in March, our industry celebrates Women in Construction. This year, in spite of all the distractions and worries we are facing as an industry and a nation, we want to make sure that we are not losing sight of the amazing progress these women have made. We will continue to not only celebrate their contributions but also to raise awareness of the opportunities often overlooked by young women searching for a career. With a nationwide shortage of trade contractors and the many opportunities for growth available, construction may be an excellent choice for smart, hardworking women who want to pursue what was, until recently, considered an uncommon path.
On average, a typical hotel property undergoes a renovation every five to 10 years. While that time frame depends on the local market, competition, brand standards, and of course, the economy, it is the reason so many hotels appear to be “under renovation” at any given time. Designers are constantly at work to provide beautiful and timely aesthetics to lobbies and guestrooms, and those new finishes do provide a wow factor to the guests staying there. But what about the “hidden” renovations that one might not ever suspect? Inside the guts of a building, where visitors may never step foot, hotel properties are being upgraded and repaired to keep guests safe, comfortable and connected.
On January 1st of this year, Continental Contractors had a lot to celebrate. Sixteen years after our initial move into the Annapolis City Marina complex, our headquarters have moved to an adjacent building, into over 8,500 SF of bright, modern offices.
In October 2019, we completed a renovation in our own back yard (well, practically): Graduate Annapolis. The new hotel is designed with a maritime aesthetic — nautical flags, preppy plaid, sailing knots, bright stripes, and brass. If you are in or around Annapolis, it’s well worth the visit!
The 25th anniversary of The Lodging Conference kicked off on September 23rd amid torrential downpours in the Phoenix desert. Breaking with tradition, this year’s event was at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. While some of us were initially nostalgic for the iconic campus and sprawling open lawns of the Arizona Biltmore Waldorf Astoria Resort, by our third day at the JW, the updated conference amenities, convenient additional guestrooms, and exceptional hotel staff won us over. Despite the soggy start and new location, this year’s conference topped 2,000 attendees!
When most people hear the phrase “work/life balance,” they think of maintaining a 50/50 relationship between their job and their life outside of work. But is that really what work/life balance means? Depending on our stage in life, the combination of our desire to succeed professionally, contribute to our communities, maintain our health, and care for our families can feel like a constant juggling act. It is at best an intricate dance of logistics. At times, the juggling is completely overwhelming. As business leaders, we want employees to be productive, happy, to achieve work/life balance. Or perhaps better stated, work/life INTEGRATION, is key.
With August drawing to a close and the start of a new school year approaching, Continental is ready for one of our favorite annual activities to support education. We know that giving back to your community is good for businesses. But mostly, our team just loves to be involved! We feel lucky that our offices are in three great towns, filled with people and businesses and community programs that care.
Just last month, we finished up work on an inspiring project we started in December: The Whitley Hotel. It was a demanding, exacting, exhilarating project and we were proud to be a part of it all!