Taking Good Care: Our Whole Health Initiative
Want to know a secret? Continental Contractors is turning 20 this year. Of course, we’ll celebrate the milestones we’ve hit along the way (nearly 100,000 guestrooms renovated and over $1 billion in revenue!) but we want to make sure we also celebrate the people who got us here. Since day one, we have prioritized treating every stakeholder on every project fairly. That includes not only the clients, subcontractors and vendors, and amazing design and architecture teams we work with, but the employees who show up, day after day, and the families at home who support them.
2022 Reflection. Taking Better Care of Each Other in 2023.
Throughout the last year we have endured both rapid recovery and rough seas in the hospitality and construction industries. We asked Continental Contractors President and CEO Pete Welch for his take on the last 12 months, and what he anticipates for the coming year for Continental and the industry as a whole.
The New Complexities of Employee Retention
In 2021, more than 47 million Americans quit their jobs, with more than 13.5 million quitting in Q1 2022 alone. Much has been written about The Great Resignation, and it’s become clear that the issues driving this movement are complex and extensive.
Celebrating Women in Construction Week
At Continental Contractors, we are celebrating Women in Construction Week by highlighting our own specialty: hospitality construction. Those of us fortunate enough to live in this arena know that we are surrounded by some of the hardest working, energetic, collaborative people every single day. Whether we are coordinating schedules with hotel property management, learning about the owner’s vision for a luxury guestroom, or problem solving on a lobby renovation with subcontractors, we are all ultimately pushing toward the same goal: a successful transformation that will bring the hotel guest a peaceful night’s sleep in a beautifully designed room while away from home.
Moving the Needle Toward A Full Return to Business Travel
If you’ve had the pleasure of working in the hospitality industry for any amount of time, you’ll recognize a consistent theme among the people who drive it: it feels like a family. A family full of funny, smart, thoughtful, welcoming people who do their best to BRING their best to the job every day. And, while the realities of the pandemic have made it harder to be there for each other in person, we’re doing our best to get our Continental branch of the family back to the face to face, in person connections that are the cornerstone of the hospitality industry.
High Scores for Auburn University Hotel
The newly renovated guest rooms at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center maximize space, highlight specially curated artwork, and prominently bring technology to the forefront to create a superior guest experience. The end result is six floors (plus renovated corridors and a new lobby bar) of completely redesigned guestrooms and suites unique to Auburn.
Get to Know Our Team
The last 20 months have been like no other in our collective memory. While challenging for our industry, our country, and the world, this period of time afforded us an opportunity to count our blessings, reevaluate our structure and teams, plan strategically and reinforce that foundation for continued growth. We made difficult decisions and we all learned to adapt. As we approach 2022, we’re encouraged and incredibly optimistic to see a continued demand for hotel renovation services. Our company, and our entire team of vendors, suppliers, contractors, and consultants are ready for the challenges and the opportunities ahead.
Ready for the Return
While many of us have been traveling again for nearly a year, visiting properties and meeting with partners and colleagues, last month seemed to mark the return of the conference circuit in the hospitality industry. From intimate industry gatherings to the mega trade shows, there is no denying that hospitality professionals were, and are, ready. We are ready to travel, to find solutions, to make deals, and to celebrate surviving the last 18 months.
Connections and Celebrations at the Lodging Conference
The hospitality industry is home to some truly amazing folks. And at the Lodging Conference in Phoenix, we had an opportunity to celebrate one of them. Continental was honored to host a champagne toast to Gilda Perez-Alvarado, Global CEO of JLL Hotels & Hospitality, following her receipt of The Castell Award at the Lodging Conference. We love seeing people with a passion for the hospitality industry get recognized for their contributions. Thank you to Peggy Berg, Harry Javer, Emily Pavelka Mueller, Karin Harrington, and Michelle Finn and all those who helped put together a lovely event.