Positive results regarding Capital Expenditure issues or their accompanying renovations……do not “just happen” successfully.
It goes to say, much work goes into converting Capital Expenditure Plans into actual working documents. Such tasks as gathering information from the hotel, imputing data into a CapEx format, identifying costs, wading through the approval process; are all required to roll out an “approved” Cap Ex Plan. If any of those Capital Expenditures call for a “project”, then there is much more work ahead. Although a brief article such as this cannot list every detail, it can identify some of the major issues that contribute to a successful CapEx project.
1. Leadership – Very early on, most hoteliers will identify a “project manager” to be the point-person and central authority to execute the CapEx work. As expected, a very large percentage of the project success will depend on this person’s ability to work with integrity as a team builder, motivator, and communicator; as well as dedicated to the success of the budget and schedule.
2. Partnership – An early-on collaboration between the project manager, management company and hotel’s senior staff will fine tune job site scheduling and proactively address various administrative Issues. Depending on the organizations’ structure, it is also advisable to keep the “hotel ownership” informed of the general progress.
3. Additional Specialists – Depending on the “scope of work”, other project team members that may be involved are architects, mechanical engineers, interior designers, renovation contractor, purchasing group, logistics company, specialty installers, etc. Strategic partnerships should be cultured between the project manager and each outside consultant.
4. Scope of Work Documents – These formal papers will need to be thorough, accurately defined and prepared in an easy to read format; since they are important directions to each member of the “project team” and cannot be taken lightly. Scope of work documents in collaboration with any project documents (see item #5 below) will define the specifics of what is to be removed, replaced, modified, refinished, etc.
5. Project Documents – Factors that also heavily contribute to successful CapEx projects are the development of accurately detailed drawings, thorough specifications and confirmed quantities.
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