Community members and local businesses attend the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event hosted by the Holiday Inn Express & Suites on Thursday. Here, Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC) Executive Director Lauren McDaniel, far left, Director of Chamber Member Services Sam McRae, General Manager of Holiday Inn Express Dana Even and LACDC Board Member David Jolly with the hotel cco-owners James Kirkland, Brian Patrick Martin and others help cut the ribbon to officially celebrate the newly renovated hotel. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
Participants visit the renovated rooms of the Holiday Inn Express. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
LACDC Board Member David Jolly and Chamber Member Services Manager Sam McRae tour one of the renovated guest rooms Thursday at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
By Kristen Laskey
Los Alamos Daily Message
The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event Thursday night at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 60 Entrada Dr., was more than just a chance to socialize and eat a nice dinner. It was an opportunity for its owners to highlight their commitment to the community.
“…We now want to highlight how this hotel can be part of the greater community, how we can connect this area of Los Alamos to downtown,” said co-owner Brian Patrick Martin.
He praised the partnerships that have been forged with the New Mexico Wildlife Center, First National 1870, the Los Alamos Cooperative Market and UBiQD.
“…really, we want to expand the partnerships with all of you here and with all of Los Alamos…” Martin said.
Martin explained that the hotel has four initiatives:
Install a bike rack so people can use the Canyon Rim Trail and get downtown;
Create a story wall to showcase the history of Los Alamos and continue the effort for hotel guests to experience downtown.
Promote national parks in the region such as Valles Caldera; and
Create a faucet room inside the hotel.
All of these initiatives are aimed not only at improving the hotel but also at serving Los Alamos better.
“We want to give Los Alamos a good product that lives up to what the community deserves,” co-owner James Kirkland said.
One of the hotel’s partners, UBiQD, enjoyed working with Holiday Inn Express.
“It’s taken a long time to get to the point where the vision is coming to fruition of installing (our) windows in buildings,” said UBiQD founder Hunter McDaniel. “We are very grateful to Brian (Patrick Martin) and his team for promoting our technology.”
Dana Even, General Manager of Holiday Inn Express & Suites, leads a tour of the newly renovated hotel. The renovations were completed last year and totaled $2 million. The hotel now offers updated guest rooms as well as suites that feature kitchens, meeting space with audio-visual equipment and catering services, porch, energy-efficient heating and cooling, and windows with solar energy installed by UBiQD at the ends of the floors of the hotel. . Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
UBiQD Director of Production Matt Bergren explains the technology behind UBiQD’s solar windows during Tuesday night’s Business After Hours event at the Holiday Inn Express. The six windows, which the local company has installed in the hallways of the hotel, collect data on the performance of this technology in the real world. However, they also have USB ports that allow hotel guests to power their cell phones. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
Karly Taylor, assistant curator of the New Mexico Wildlife Center, introduces Business After Hours attendees to Amelia, a 3-year-old American Kestrel. Taylor explained that Amelia is a permanent resident of the Center after someone mistakenly thought the young falcon could be kept as a pet. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
Infinite BBQ’s David and Melissa Pearce serve dinner to a hungry crowd at the Business After Hours event. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com