By Rod Kackley
Garden Hotel, Novi, Michigan
PORTAGE — Wyndham
International Inc. has awarded a major contract to R.A. Yarling
and Company Inc., a project and facilities management firm based
assist Wyndham, one of the world’s largest hospitality and lodging
companies, as an owner’s representative in completing 17 major building
renovation and remodeling projects in four states.
“We are working
on interior renovations to guest rooms, public space, façade and
roof projects and PIP (project improvement plans) for their hotels,”
Yarling President Rick Yarling told MiBiz.
projects total over $8 million.
an annual design, construction and procurement process management
contract with Wyndham that could include other projects that would
add to the total.
contract is a good example of what Yarling does for a variety of
He said, “We
are a true owners’ representative. I have associated myself with
many leading architects, engineers, interior designers and specialty
contractors. I am like an orchestra conductor who makes sure everyone
is playing from the same sheet of music.”
more than three decades of experience in architecture, engineering
and construction management working for major corporations.
“I have various
ways that I want work done, and there are various quality assurances
and quality control steps that we implement to make sure we complete
the project within the owners’ schedule, within the owners’ budget
while meeting their quality expectations.”
He said Wyndham
made the decision to outsource after the Sept. 11 attacks in New
York City and Washington D.C. Yarling also said outsourcing project
management is a trend that is growing.
“In today’s world, companies are finding they have to be leaner
and they are not carrying big staffs anymore. When I was the director
of hotel architecture for Marriott International in the (19) 80s
and early 90s, we had 1,500 people in our division. That was a lot
carrying that kind of overhead, corporations are now looking for
ways to streamline and be more efficient. Many have decided to expense
this kind of work by hiring outside consultants.”
his work in hospitality, corporate and institutional project management
and counts Marriott International, Host Marriott Inc. and Wyndham
as three of his major clients. He has also done work for Pharmacia
Corp. and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, among others.
“You have to
be very diversified in todays’ world because if one sector gets
shut down, you can respond with another,” Yarling said. “After 9-11,
the hospitality industry was really hurting for a few months. I
was fortunate enough to be doing work for Pharmacia, doing some
master planning for their office utilization in Kalamazoo County.
Now the hospitality industry is rebounding and I got the Wyndham
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