SOURCE: Cicero's Development Corporation

Cicero's Development Corporation

July 12, 2012 15:06 ET

Cicero's Development Corporation Completes Renovation of Holiday Inn University Center in Pittsburgh on Time, on Budget

Renovation Spanned 251 Rooms, Two Large Ballrooms, Fitness Center, a New Lobby, Business Center, Mezzanine Level Meeting Rooms and Public Bathrooms; Pittsburgh-Based Veterans Leadership Program Tapped for Skilled Labor Supply

PITTSBURGH, PA--(Marketwire - Jul 12, 2012) - Cicero's Development Corporation, a leading full-service commercial renovations contractor for more than 40 years, today announced it has completed renovation of the Holiday Inn University Center Hotel in Pittsburgh, on time and on budget. The year long multi-million dollar renovation spanned all 251 guest rooms, two large ballrooms, fitness center, lobby, business center, mezzanine level meeting rooms, executive offices, employee areas and public bathrooms. The Holiday Inn University Center Hotel was last renovated in 2007. 

The total renovation included more than 3,000 square-yards of carpeting, more than 17,000 linear-yards of vinyl wall covering, and painting of more than 1,300 doors and frames, extensive lighting package, complete HVAC systems for all meeting spaces, pre-function area, fitness center and entire pool area. The renovation also included a complete change-out of all furniture with new art pieces, beds, flat screen televisions, and other furnishings.

Throughout the renovation, Cicero's joined forces with Pittsburgh-based Veterans Leadership Program to supply valuable local skilled labor. The Veterans Leadership Program provides essential housing, employment, and other vital supportive services to eligible veterans, service members and their families to improve self-sufficiency, sustainability and quality of life in western Pennsylvania.

"Cicero's was here to get the job done right and with minimal disruption to guests -- and it's really been a night and day experience from the last renovation company. We have many repeat guests, folks who are here every week or a few times a month and they just love the rooms -- we are very pleased with the quality of work performed," said Holiday Inn University Center Hotel Chief Engineer Dave Matzie. "Cicero's was able to navigate through many hurdles and served as a very helpful partner in maintaining guest satisfaction levels throughout the renovation period."

"I was extremely proud about how well we handled the scheduling and coordination, getting our work accomplished through a multitude of challenges related to high hotel occupancy and the normal rigors of renovation," said Cicero's Development Corp. Founder Sam Cicero, Sr.

About Cicero's Development Corporation

Cicero's Development Corporation is an established General Contractor specializing in commercial renovation for more than 40 years. Headquartered in Plainfield, Ill., Cicero's renovation best practices and deliverables include: Renovationomix, the systematic method of renovating to increase revenue; Sensible Green, increasing property owner income through low-cost environmentally-friendly renovations; Disruption Avoidance Management to minimize any renovation disruption and maximize cash flow; and a Surprise Management Program to identify and anticipate potential challenges and roadblocks, and develop contingencies to ensure adherence to timeline and budget. The Cicero's team brings decades of commercial renovation experience, and is comprised of in-house architect and design teams, experienced project superintendents and foremen, and highly skilled craftsmen. Cicero's superior workmanship, attention to detail and project management leadership fuels the company's 100 percent on time and on budget track record.

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