By Amanda Watson, Marketing Specialist (Portage, IN)
Welcome to the third iteration of our popular series titled “The Favorites.” We are exploring our employees’ favorite projects – the buildings and developments that they have enjoyed working on most during their time at Holladay.
In Part III, we hear from three Holladay employees in different positions and offices in the company - Tim Healy from our Portage office, Allen Arender from our Nashville office, and Tyler Kelsey from our South Bend office. Enjoy!
Country Inn & Suites at the Port – Portage, Indiana
"My favorite project to date has got to be the Country Inn & Suites hotel. Just from the very beginning, from the idea of having a hotel here [at AmeriPlex at the Port]; doing all the research to find out what flags might be available; going through that whole process of designing the hotel, getting the franchise, getting it funded and working all the way up to the grand opening. There was nothing quite like that first couple days, weeks and months of the hotel, when you’d drive by and count the number of cars and get a report in the morning about how many rooms we sold – just seeing that business start from scratch and grow into what I think has been a great project. It hasn’t always performed the best financially, but it’s getting there and, just from start to finish, [it] was a very fun project."
- Tim Healy – Partner & Sr. Vice President-Development (Portage, IN); Joined Holladay in 2000
Sheds on Charlotte – Nashville, Tennessee
"I have several 'favorite' projects in Nashville. The Sheds on Charlotte is my current favorite as we are nearing the completion of the renovations to the former Tennessee Department of Transportation warehouse conversion to creative office space. This project involved buildings that I had followed for many years before we finally had an opportunity to purchase them in 2012. Redevelopment projects like the Sheds require daily attention and force us to become intimately familiar with the entire fabric of the existing structure. To finally see it come to life with new tenants and a new energy is very rewarding."
- Allen Arender – Partner & Vice President-Development (Nashville, TN): Joined Holladay in 2007
Weaver Boos Consultants/Anchor Construction TI – South Bend, Indiana
"My favorite project so far has been the renovation of the former Brown Mackie facility on Grape Road for Weaver Boos Consultants/Anchor Construction. This tenant improvement project was my first project as a Holladay employee and it afforded me the opportunity to make an immediate contribution to the everyday workings of the company. It was a lot of fun working with Al Lusk and Lance Malstaff from Holladay Construction Group in achieving a completed project on time and to the tenant's satisfaction."
- Tyler Kelsey – Project Architect (South Bend, IN); Worked for Holladay from 2014 - 2017