TORONTO, ON (July 9, 2019) - Days Inn by Wyndham Vancouver Downtown has completed approximately $1 million in guestroom renovations in order to provide greater value and luxury to guests. In line with its mandate to enhance the customer experience, the completion of this six-month project promises guests a more upscale and modern environment.

The fully upgraded guestrooms feature new contemporary furniture, flooring, wall paint, mattresses, TVs, lighting fixtures, artwork and drapery. On every floor, corridors have been brightened with fresh paint.

“Right from the beginning, our vision was clear. We wanted to render a more sophisticated and contemporary look to complement our amazing location and top-notch guest service team,” said Dave Stevens, hotel General Manager. “These modifications will provide our guests with a refreshed experience, modern accommodations at a reasonable price.” 

Phase two of the hotel renovation project will see upgrades to the building’s exterior and all common areas.

Conveniently located in the heart of Vancouver’s financial district at 921 West Pender Street, the 85-room hotel is within easy reach of shopping, restaurants, entertainment, Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal and the Vancouver Convention Center. Discover the Chelsea Restaurant & Lounge, onsite at the hotel, offering tasty fare in a casual setting at reasonable prices. The Butcher and Bullock is also onsite and features delicious pub fare, friendly service, and a great atmosphere.

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PLAINFIELD, IL, JULY 2, 2019 -- The Society of American Value Engineers international defines value engineering as a “function-oriented, systematic, team approach to provide value in a product, system, or service.” In layman's terms, value engineering has always meant one thing: saving money without compromising quality. True value engineering is not simply a matter of cutting costs, but rather giving careful consideration to all options, always with the project's goals in mind. A well-planned and well-executed value-engineering process can improve a hotel renovation without sacrificing its essential integrity.

Larry Miles, considered by many to be the father of value engineering, introduced this process nearly 70 years ago. When Miles developed the analytical field of value analysis for General Electric after the Second World War, he identified two elements of the value equation—function and cost—and balanced them against one another. As Miles approached the problem of enhancing value, his objective of value analysis was to identify all elements of function and cost, and to express their mutual interdependency so that an informed decision could be made between the two.

Applying that same thinking to hotel renovation, the value engineering process becomes a systematic approach that engages a team from multi-disciplines, including the owner, architect/engineer, designer, contractor and sometimes an outside consultant, who review the project in an attempt to expose optimum value both short term and long term. Of course, time is also a commodity that must be taken into consideration.

Brainstorming early on in the process will determine what products, systems and processes are used to help eliminate unnecessary cost. In both new construction and renovation, value engineering is too often introduced during the design phase of a project. Doing so does not offer as much of a benefit as it would during the planning stage due to the potential impact of project redesign. Consider this: upfront construction costs account for a mere 11% of the total lifecycle costs of a building. That underscores the fact that early decisions have a critical impact on the long-term cost of ownership. Likewise, when a professional team works together from the beginning of the planning stage of the renovation, the right materials can be specified from the start, thereby avoiding unnecessary change orders and delays in the schedule.

Compromise Cost... Not Quality

The essence of Value Engineering is compromise. For instance, can 2000 pieces of ceramic tile be substituted for marble in the lobby? That depends on several things, such as what is the hotel owner's expectations? What kind of wear and tear the flooring will be subjected to? How does this tile affect the overall design? While the project programming may show the client wants marble, changing to a ceramic tile that looks like marble and multiplying that savings by 2000 may become worth considering by all parties.

For another example, let’s consider a mid-size hotel under renovation and instead of considering what products are used, lets analyze where they come from. The owner’s chief concern is time; the hotel rooms have been taken off line, so the quicker the renovation is completed the faster they can be profitably turned back over to the hotel. If buying the building products from an overseas vendor, although the cost maybe lower than "Made in America," you need to consider the time it takes to not only manufacture but to ship the product. It may be advantageous to source the product locally to alleviate the chances of materials not being received on time due either to communication issues or not allowing enough time to produce and ship, or due to problems that sometimes can occur at U.S. Customs that could hold up delivery.

While these types of compromises may be tedious, they eliminate the need to redesign or respecify materials and methods at a much later phase when funds have already been poured into the renovation. As a creative aspect, compromise forced by cost contraints can also be a good tool for setting the parameters on design possibilities. Given the many possible design approaches and the limitations, the value engineering process helps narrow down the possibilities, often forcing a team to be more creative or inventive in its compromises.

Of course, compromise simply for the sake of compromise is pointless. Instead, the goal should always be to ensure a project is performed and delivered using the best value approach that maintains design integrity without compromising quality, yet eliminating products, processes and designs that generally drive up the overall cost. If something doesn't provide extra long-term value and it can be substituted with an alternative, the hotel owner's expectations are sure to be exceeded.


While every hotel renovation project is unique, generally speaking value engineering involves a set of core stages that include:

  • Identifying the main elements of materials and methods
  • Analyzing the functions of these elements
  • Researching potential alternative materials and methods to achieve these functions
  • Carefully evaluating each alternative to ensure that it is viable and beneficial
  • Accurately costing each potential alternative by taking into consideration all factors (e.g. shipping, storage, lifetime maintenance, etc.)
  • Evaluating each potential alternative, and highlight those that have the highest chance of being successful substitutes.

A fundamental feature of value engineering, and what makes it so advantageous in a hotel property renovation project, is that it does not seek to alter or diminish the project’s conceptual vision, or make sacrifices with respect to project material and quality, functionality, performance and reliability. On the contrary, value engineering can actually improve aspects by identifying innovative options and new approaches.

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TORONTO -- Givex, the cloud-based customer engagement solution that helps to streamline business operations from end-to-end, recently announced its acquisition of Owen Business Systems, the Canadian provider of retail and hospitality POS solutions.

For over 50 years, Owen Business Systems has specialized in servicing the hospitality and retail industries, providing restaurant, grocery, hotel and clothing retail businesses with POS solutions that meet their needs. eStream POS XDB is their Retail POS system, the culmination of many years working with and supporting retail brands. eStream POS XDB is known for easy data maintenance, accurate financial reporting as well as intuitive, speedy and secure checkouts. As part of the transition, eStream POS XDB will be integrated into Givex’s Retail POS solution to enhance functionality for Givex clients in fashion, grocery and other retail verticals.    

For clients of Owen Business Systems, service and support will remain unchanged but they will gain access to the Givex ecosystem of products, from gift cards and loyalty promotions to ordering kiosks and kitchen management systems, all soon to be integrated with eStream POS XDB.

“Both Givex and Owen Business Systems are dedicated to providing clients with solutions that safeguard their investment of time and money, growing as their business does,” says Don Gray, CEO of Givex. “I look forward to integrating our technology platforms and wowing our retail partners with the strength of the combined Givex solution.”

“We pride ourselves on taking the time to fully understand the needs of the clients we work with and developing the best solution for them,” says Keith Owen, President, Owen Business Systems. “Joining Givex provides us with a greater portfolio of products and development resources to create even more client successes.”

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RALEIGH, N.C. (June 25, 2019) – The installation of an advanced bed bug detection system from Delta Five Systems, LLC, a supplier of innovative solutions to stop bed bugs using computer vision, biological science, and cloud technology, has proven to be a smart investment for a newly-constructed hotel located near Hartford, Connecticut. Realizing early on that traditional bed bug management methods would not provide a sufficiently effective solution for preventing infestations, managers at the Hilton Garden Inn Wallingford had the Delta Five Automated Bed Bug Detection System installed after construction at their property in September 2017, and as a result, there have been zero bed bug infestations and zero guest/pest encounters as of June of this year.

“We know bed bugs can’t be avoided, since guests eventually bring them onto the property,” said Linzi T. Bell, general manager, Hilton Garden Inn Wallingford. “Since traditional inspection methods don’t adequately help prevent infestations, we needed to protect our investment, and the best way to do so was with the Delta Five Automated Bed Bug Detection System, which enables us to find the bed bugs before they find the guests.”

As a newly constructed hotel, there had never been a bed bug found on property. However, since bed bugs are unavoidable because they usually enter – one or two at a time – via unsuspecting guests, hotel management at the Hilton Garden Inn Wallingford wanted to ensure every possible effort was made to reduce the chance of guests encountering bed bugs, and thus, sought to safeguard their new property by installing 235 Delta Five electronic lures in all 139 guest rooms. The devices can detect a single bed bug before guests, hotel staff, pest management providers or canines, while delivering proactive 24/7 monitoring of guest rooms to attract and trap the bugs. Once a bed bug is found, a notification is transmitted instantly over WiFi to the hotel staff, who are alerted via text or email. The cloud-based system retains capture data and enables hoteliers to track trends and forecast potential issues.

“When missed, a single bed bug can grow into an infestation, which can be particularly damaging to the reputation of new properties looking to both jumpstart their revenue upon opening and build a client base,” said Delta Five Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer Al Safarikas. “With our revolutionary technology, the Delta Five Automated Bed Bug Detection System actively works to stop bed bugs before an infestation occurs, thus, saving new hotels from significant costs associated with expensive heat treatments or other remediation.”

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CALGARY – June 20, 2019 – Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is pleased to announce the completion of its extensive natural mineral hot springs pool renovation, which began in January 2019. This is the first major renovation to the pool in its 60-year history and made possible by an investment from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

“These pool upgrades reflect the incredible mountain vistas that surround the property,” says Fairmont Hot Springs Resort CEO Vivek Sharma. “Our pools are sourced directly from the largest natural mineral hot springs in Canada, and I look forward to welcoming guests of all ages to the one-of-a-kind rejuvenating experience. We are grateful for the financing from BDC that has made the impressive transformation of our pools possible.”

“Access to capital is vital for growing Canadian companies,” says Michael Selci, Senior Vice President, Prairies Region, BDC. “We are pleased to have provided financing to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort for this valuable project as they expand their service offering and generate economic returns for their community.”

The Resort worked closely with highly sought-after specialist Evolution Pools and Spas to plan and execute the major renovation, resulting in an inspiring and relaxing hot springs paradise. Guests will immediately appreciate the new natural rock poolscape that seamlessly blends into the Resort’s stunning Columbia Valley surroundings, reminding visitors of the mineral-rich water’s source deep in the mountains.

“This was an incredible project and I am thrilled to see our shared vision come to life and be enjoyed by guests from across Canada and around the world,” says Danny Tarasewich, owner of Osoyoos-based Evolution Pools and Spas. “It’s a beautiful new space and I am proud to have taken part in its transformation.”

Upgrades completed this year in addition to the new poolscape include:

  • A zipline over the lap pool
  • Expanded pool decks, naturally heated by the hot springs water
  • Two new diving boards
  • A mountain-inspired water feature
  • New piping and infrastructure
  • New sustainable lighting

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort’s newly renovated natural mineral hot springs are open now for guests to enjoy. For more information, please visit


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