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5 Ways Design-Build can Improve your Hotel Renovation

Renovating a hotel can be a complex and time-consuming process. From developing a renovation plan to executing the project and managing costs, there are many factors to consider.

When it comes to choosing the right method to complete a hotel renovation, design-build is often the preferred choice.

Design-build is a construction method that offers a streamlined approach to hotel renovations & PIP fulfillment where one party (contractor) is responsible for both the design and construction of a project.

To achieve the best hotel renovation results, hotel owners & operators should choose a renovation method that's more efficient, cost-effective, and collaborative.

In this blog post, we'll explore 5 benefits of using the design-build method for hotel renovations/PIP fulfillment to hotel owners and operators.

1. Streamlined Communication and Collaboration

hotel design-build renovation communication and collaboration

  • Design-build allows for a more streamlined and efficient renovation process by eliminating the need for multiple parties to coordinate with each other.

  • The team works together from the project's conception to its completion, resulting in more effective communication and collaboration between stakeholders.

  • Design-build can help to prevent costly change orders and delays in the construction process

One of the key advantages of the design-build method for hotel renovations is its ability to streamline communication and collaboration throughout the project.

With the traditional design-bid-build approach, the hotel owner typically hires an architect to design the renovation, then selects a contractor to bid on the project based on the plans. This process can result in communication breakdowns between the various parties, which can lead to errors, delays, and increased costs.

With design-build, the hotel owner works with a single team (like Amerail Systems) throughout the entire project. Because the design & construction teams continuously work together any friction that could take place when multiple parties have to coordinate with each other is eliminated.

This allows better communication and collaboration between stakeholders, resulting in a more efficient renovation process.

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Because the design-build team is always working together, they can identify potential design and construction issues early on, preventing costly change orders and delays in the construction process.

Additionally, because the team is working together towards a common goal, they are more likely to be aligned in their vision and approach, resulting in fewer misunderstandings and a smoother renovation process.

By working with a single hotel renovation company such as Amerail Systems, hotel owners can benefit from better communication and a more collaborative team approach that minimizes errors, reduce delays, and ensures a successful renovation or PIP fulfillment.

2. Cost Savings

cost savings with design-build hotel renovations

  • Design-build can help identify and address potential issues early on, which can help to avoid costly design changes or construction delays.

  • The design-build team can use vale-engineering to find cost-effective solutions that meet the hotel owner's objectives and fulfill the PIP while staying within their budget.

Another significant advantage of the design-build method for hotel renovations is the potential cost savings for the hotel owner/operator.

By working together, the design and construction teams can identify and resolve issues before construction begins, which can help to minimize construction delays and prevent change orders and rework.

With value engineering, a design-build team can recommend design alternatives that meet the hotel owner's objectives and specifications but at a lower cost.

An experienced design-build contractor such as Amerail Systems can often leverage its experience in value engineering to find those cost-effective design solutions.

For example, these measures can include using more affordable materials or simplifying design elements.

This approach is especially beneficial when working on hotel renovation projects with limited budgets or tight deadlines.

Here’s an example of how the Design-Build method used by Amerail Systems helped this hotel owner improve their quality while saving on costs:

“From start to finish, Amerail was by our side, helping guide us with their experience. With their extensive experience, they were able to provide great cost-saving ideas without sacrificing quality, in fact, they enhanced our quality with the recommendations due to the fact they knew what would and wouldn't work.”

William Irick

Hampton Inn, Santee, SC

By working together throughout the project, the design-build team can identify potential cost-saving opportunities, avoid costly design changes, and reduce construction delays, which can help to deliver a high-quality renovation within the specified budget.

3. Faster Project Delivery

Faster hotel renovation Project Delivery with Design-Build

  • Design-build speeds up project delivery by overlapping the design and construction phases, allowing for the renovation to be completed in less time.

  • Better communication and coordination among the project team members can help to avoid delays and keep the hotel renovation on schedule.

  • Faster completion of a hotel renovation can increase revenue, and improve guest experiences.

One of the most significant benefits of using the design-build method for hotel renovations is faster project completion.

Here’s why:

  • Ability to overlap the design and construction phases

  • Improved communication and coordination

Overlapping Design & Construction Phases:

Unlike design-build, traditional design-bid-build approaches require a completed design before construction starts, leading to long project timelines due to lengthy bidding and contracting processes that can take several months.

If you’re looking for faster project completion, the design-build method is the way to go.

Because design and construction teams work together continuously in the design-build method, the design and construction phases can overlap. As a result, construction can begin before the design is fully complete, as long as the necessary components are in place.

For example, instead of having to wait for a design to be finalized, demolition/removal of existing hotel features could begin. Once the design is complete the team can continue on with the renovation preventing delays.

This can also be beneficial in a situation where before a design is finalized, the team comes across an issue with the building that needs to be addressed in the design. Because you chose the design-build method, your team can find and fix the problem without causing major delays.

Improved communication and coordination:

The design-build method also provides better communication and coordination between the project team members which can aid in quicker project completion.

Because the team works closely together throughout the entire project, they can collaborate more effectively and address issues faster.

This can help to avoid delays and keep the project on schedule.

Overall, the design-build method's ability to overlap the design and construction phases and facilitate better communication and coordination among the project team members can lead to faster project delivery.

This can enable a quicker hotel renovation which can lead to improved guest experiences and increased revenue.

4. Higher Quality/Quality Control

higher quality & quality control with design-build hotel renovations

  • The design-build method provides high-quality control and oversight throughout the project.

  • Communication is clear and accountability is maintained since the same team is responsible for both design and construction.

  • The team pays close attention to every aspect of the project and conducts regular site visits and quality checks.

  • The team incorporates standards into the design from the outset, preventing delays and issues during the construction phase.

  • Collaboration between the design and construction teams helps to ensure that the design is executed correctly, and any issues are identified and addressed early on.

  • The design-build method promotes accountability and responsibility, resulting in higher-quality work.

The design-build approach can improve the quality of a renovation by having a single team responsible for both the design and construction, resulting in more accountability and ownership over the entire project. This collaboration aids in the early identification and resolution of any issues that may arise and ensures that all work is completed to the highest standards.

The design-build team pays close attention to every aspect of the project, conducting regular site visits and quality checks to ensure high-quality results. They also work closely with the hotel owner and management to incorporate their specific needs and preferences into the design from the beginning to prevent any delays or issues.

Overall, the design-build method provides superior quality control and a higher quality of work than other construction methods because of its unified approach creating a sense of shared responsibility for the success of the project.

5. Experience with Brand Standards

hotel renovation company experienced in hotel brand standards hampton by hilton hotel renovation by amerail systems

  • Meeting brand standards is crucial for hotel renovations

  • Experienced design-build teams can ensure the property is brought up to required standards and meets the brand's expectations while staying within budget and on schedule

  • Experienced teams are familiar with specific challenges and considerations of different brands and properties

  • Knowledge of the latest trends and best practices in hotel design and construction can help create a property that sets itself apart from the competition

Designing and renovating a hotel to meet brand standards is crucial, as hotel brands have specific requirements and design guidelines that must be followed to maintain their identity and reputation.

Working with an experienced design-build team that has knowledge of various hotel brands and their PIP (property improvement plan) requirements can ensure the property is brought up to the required standards while staying within budget and on schedule.

Experienced design-build teams will also be familiar with the specific challenges and considerations that come with different brands and properties. This can help to ensure that the renovation project is tailored to the specific needs and expectations of the brand and its target market to create a property that exceeds guest expectations.

In addition, experienced design-build teams will be up-to-date with the latest trends and best practices in hotel design and construction. This knowledge can be invaluable in helping to create a property that not only meets brand standards but also sets itself apart from the competition in terms of design, guest experience, and functionality.

Overall, having a design-build team with experience working with different hotel brands and their specific PIP requirements can be a significant advantage in ensuring that the property meets the necessary standards and exceeds guest expectations.


Renovating a hotel can be a daunting task, and choosing the right method for renovation is critical.

Design-build has emerged as the preferred choice due to its streamlined approach to hotel renovations, and the other many benefits of this method.

Design-Build ultimately keeps a hotel renovation on schedule, minimizes change orders, and keeps the renovation within budget.

Design-build helps to minimize errors, reduce delays, and ensure a successful renovation project. This method can help hotel owners save costs, provide a more efficient approach to the renovation process, and deliver a high-quality renovation within the specified budget.

Ultimately, the design-build approach can make the renovation process smoother, more efficient, and lead to more satisfied hotel guests.


“From design to permitting to final construction their attention to detail was phenomenal. Once on-site, there were some issues picked up on by their construction foreman...He also saw that an existing steel beam that was hidden from view in our parking lot could be seen from across the street.

He called in and the adjustments were made to raise the EIFS by a few inches. Another success! That was above and beyond in my book. He thought about more than just what was on paper.

It seemed that Amerail was always a step ahead of us as far as assuring that our guests were inconvenienced as little as possible.

On-time and on budget. What more can you want?”

Rick L. Alcorn

Comfort Inn | Blacksburg, VA


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