It’s been a relatively quiet week in terms of renovation activity. We received a second framed mirror for out sample room, but that is not news since we already had one. We also received a piece of artwork that will go over the pull out sofa. I like the way it looks, but we will see what the creative minds think when they come to see it. The coolest thing related to that piece of artwork was our use of available technology in placing it. Our corporate team handling the renovation details is in Scottsdale, Arizona. Since we were dealing with a frame size that required a bit of finesse in placing, we thought of holding it up while somebody took a picture to send to them before we make any holes in the wall vinyl. Instead we had them join us via a video communication application. I held up my phone with the application running and they were able to see it on their computer. That way, they gave us at the property real-time direction as to the placement of the piece. It may be just me, but I really thought that was a good use of what some may term “gadgets”. I am including a photo of the artwork over the sofa. I hope you like it. It is not final yet, but I think we will use it.
We also made progress in a key component of our new rooms. We have been concerned about the feasibility of adding the refrigerator to the rooms since the electrical load would be too much for the circuit in that wall. We have resolved that problem and now have a plan. With limited re-routing of wiring, we will be able to proceed with the addition of refrigerators to all our rooms. This is very good news and I am sure our guests will appreciate the added amenity. Our wiring project is now slotted to begin the first week of March. That will mark the first ‘Renovation” action that will be visible to our guests.
As much as the pre-planning has been going on for a while, I confess that finally getting our hands on a property-wide project makes me feel like we are now making real progress.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we begin to see the long awaited transformation.
Javier O. Solis, CHA