Holiday Inn Express & Suites
InterContinental Hotels Group plc, informally InterContinental Hotels or IHG, is a British multinational hospitality company headquartered in Denham, Buckinghamshire, England. IHG has about 889,582 guest rooms and over 5,900 hotels across nearly 100 countries. IHG owns several brands, including InterContinental, Regent Hotels, Six Senses Hotels, Kimpton Hotels and Resorts, Hualuxe, Crowne Plaza, voco Hotels, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn club vacations, avid, Candlewood Suites, EVEN Hotels, and Staybridge Suites. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.
The challenge faced at Holiday Inn Express & Suites involved improving the condition of the grounds in an efficient and cost-effective manner, as well as meeting the national brand standards that Holiday Inn has corporately set in place. For the landscape, this means a focus on several key areas including mowing, pruning and trimming properly; fixing issues with the current irrigation system; and creating a turf and ornamental treatment program to help with weeds and insects found in the landscape.
Fertility and soil health are managed with nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese in a blend of readily available and slow release sources. We currently recycle the nutrients in grass clippings by mulching them back into the turf where it is acceptable.
Preventing and controlling problem insects, diseases and weeds is sometimes a challenge. All products used are done so within an integrated pest management program.
Many of the shrubs and ornamental trees needed to be cut-back severely during the renovation. A crew from Porowski Lawn & Landscape removed dead, hazardous, and declining trees and pruned mature trees to increase light levels around the hotel. On an ongoing basis, the many large crape myrtle, oak, and pine trees throughout the property are pruned to insure proper growth habits and healthiness of the trees.
The landscape is an important social aspect of the hotel. We want the landscape to be as healthy as possible and we want to add curb appeal. We work safely and unobtrusively around the constant pedestrian traffic throughout the property and prepare the grounds for special events such as banquets and advertisement programs held on site.
Irrigation specialists from Porowski Lawn & Landscape have had their hands full with system diagnostics and repairs on this property. Porowski Lawn & Landscape has gone through the entire system, fixing PVC and broken heads, replacing the heads, nozzles, and filters with premium quality components, and adjusting the system timers. Ongoing monitoring of the system will ensure that water is being used wisely when the landscape needs it as well as reducing irrigation when it is not needed.
Porowski Lawn & Landscape contracted a scope of work that included the sourcing of site leveling, enhancements, irrigation, and large tree pruning. The Porowski Lawn & Landscape design-build team oversaw master plan elements to create a brand identifiable color scheme for seasonal plant beds. Our ability to efficiently and safely develop and construct high quality work, from design to finish, stimulated increased traffic and reservations at the hotel. The result was a cohesive strategic plan and the flexibility to efficiently make changes as needed.