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Deadline for Compliance with ADA Pool Lift Requirements Extended

Posted in Construction, Hotel, Shared Ownership
As we reported previously, new ADA accessibility construction standards and reservation requirements took effect last week on Thursday, March 15, 2012.  One of the primary issues of concern with these new regulations is the requirement for all swimming pools, wading pools and spas to have an accessible means of entry and exit.  Due to confusion and misunderstanding regarding these specific … Continue Reading

The Emergence of a Mandatory “Green” Baseline?

Posted in Construction, Hotel, Shared Ownership
Hospitality developers making plans for compliance with with new ADA accessibility requirements may now have something else to consider.  Last month, the International Code Council released the Synopsis of the International Green Construction Code, with the full version of the model building code expected to be released in March 2012.  The IGCC has a goal of establishing a … Continue Reading

Hospitality Development – Advantages with Transit-Oriented Development

Posted in Construction, Hotel, International, Shared Ownership
At first glance, the growing trend in transit oriented real estate development may appear to apply only to developers of multi-family, multi-use properties in urban core areas. However, the concept of designing real estate developments to both utilize and compliment existing and planned transit can be beneficial to hotel, fractional, timeshare, and resort developers as … Continue Reading

Hospitality Industry Growing Local Economies: Benefits of Resort Development and Environmental Preservation in Jericoacoara, Brazil

Posted in Construction, Finance, Hotel, International
When I first visited Jericoacoara in 2002, hotel development and international tourism were just starting to boom. The Brazilian government had recently designated the surrounding landscape as a national park, protected from development and limited in use. Located about 200 miles from the city of Fortaleza on the northeast coast of Brazil, Jericoacoara was originally a … Continue Reading

Despite Dismissal, Merits of Gifford v. USGBC Still Being Weighed

Posted in Construction
Because hospitality developers are increasingly being encouraged, and in some cases required, to comply with the LEED rating system, we have been keeping an eye on Gifford v. U.S. Green Building Council. Gifford’s bomb throwing was not only entertaining (see our original post for one of the great lines of from last year) – it … Continue Reading

CFPB Goes Live – What’s Next Is Anyone’s Guess

Posted in Construction, Finance, Management, Shared Ownership
Given its scope of authority, we have been providing hospitality companies with a semi-regular update on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Today, the CFPB goes live with a nominated, but far from confirmed, director.  President Obama named Richard Cordray as his choice to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau last Sunday evening.  Although we provided … Continue Reading

Four Years in a Row – Chambers USA Recognizes Baker Hostetler as a Top Hospitality Law Firm

Posted in Construction, Finance, Hotel, International, Management, Shared Ownership
We would like to thank our friends and clients who responded to the most recent Chambers survey.  For those not familiar with Chambers, its intensive and unbiased survey methods make it the most respected legal directory available.    Based on the strength of comments Chambers received, Baker Hostetler was, for the 4th year in a row, recognized as having one … Continue Reading

Countdown to Compliance – New ADA Construction Accessibility Standards & Reservation Requirements

Posted in Construction, Hotel, Shared Ownership
Rosemary O’Shea and I often work together on helping our hospitality clients understand and resolve issues involving the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) accessibility requirements.  While the deadline has already passed for complying with those provisions of the new ADA regulations relating to accommodating service animals and a variety of power-driven mobility devices, another key deadline is quickly approaching.  … Continue Reading

Green Credentials – Trust But Verify

Posted in Construction, Hotel, Shared Ownership
Back in January, we wrote a post about Henry Gifford and his $100M lawsuit against the U.S. Green Building Council.  Gifford claimed that the USGBC was using the results of a National Building Institute study to mislead the public about the benefits of LEED certification.  Some support for Gifford’s claims can be found in a … Continue Reading

LEED Rating System Subject of $100M Fraud Claim

Posted in Construction, Hotel
Hotel developers are increasingly being encouraged, and in some cases required, to comply with the LEED rating system, a creation of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  The General Services Administration and the New York City Council provide just two recent examples of LEED-endorsement.   But what if LEED compliance didn’t actually yield any energy savings? That’s the … Continue Reading