On Site With: Patrick Hansen

The senior vice president of operations at Waterton, a Chicago-based real estate investor and operator, discusses how the hospitality industry can make millennials feel welcome.

The senior vice president of operations at Waterton, a Chicago-based real estate investor and operator, discusses how the hospitality industry can make millennials feel welcome.Just as some homebuilders featured in this issue of Modern Builder + Design are working to make dwellings more attractive to the millennial generation, so too are designers and builders who help the hospitality industry stay current and appealing. Offering millennial-friendly accommodations goes far beyond quick, cosmetic changes. Patrick Hansen, senior vice president of operations at Waterton, a Chicago-based real estate investor and operator that focuses on U.S. multifamily and hospitality projects, talks about what matters to millennials and how it shapes hotel designs, concepts that also flow into how multifamily projects and amenities can be tailored to the millennial crowd.

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Making Multifamily Homes Smarter

In multifamily settings, where many devices are being connected to a network in one area, keeping connected technologies connected is a complex endeavor.

In multifamily settings, where many devices are being connected to a network in one area, keeping connected technologies connected is a complex endeavor.The Internet of Things (IoT) is transformational, bringing new innovations and possibilities to a wide variety of industries. While IoT is an umbrella term that covers a wide array of technologies, one of its most popular and mainstream uses is in the form of smart home technologies, – everything from intelligent thermostats and refrigerators to video monitors and security systems. Everyday household items are getting “smart” by being connected to the Internet, creating new ways to control, monitor and interact with them in our daily lives.

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Next Generation Design/Builders

A private company and a college team up for a new type of curriculum for architecture students that will enable them to think more creatively and become “makers.”

A private company and a college team up for a new type of curriculum for architecture students that will enable them to think more creatively and become “makers.”Design/bid/build is the framework we’re accustomed to in the beginning of a new project. But there seems to be a lot of missing parts. Architecture students are being turned into design geniuses, only to graduate into the cog of ill-functionality while lacking the basics of developing an articulated project from conception through construction. My company, A-INDUSTRIAL Design-Build, in conjunction with the Department of Architecture at Mt. San Antonio College, are providing a new type of curriculum for architecture students that will enable them to think and become “makers.” Makers are individuals who think and develop designs behind their set of fl oor plans. They have the mentality to understand complex components, assemblies, moving parts, constructibility and all prototyping behind just architectural design and model-making.

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