The property involved was being
completely gutted and rebranded. “I had
done a hard-hat tour and the renderings
of the meeting space, including the room
specs and occupancy rates, were a perfect
fit for an industry trade show,” explains
Toland, who had drafted a contract based
upon the negotiations with the hotel that
the client and hotel executed.
“Upon completion of the renovation,
the CEO of the trade group and I did
a tour of the final project two months
prior to our event, and it was beautiful,”
But as Toland and her client did the
site inspection, they noticed that the
maximum occupancy plaques in each
room stated figures substantially less
than those included in the contract.
“We asked for a copy of the fire marshal’s report that stipulated the occupancy
levels of each meeting room post renovation,” she says. It turned out that although
the rooms were physically large enough
for the group, the number of plumbing
fixtures in the bathrooms were not adequate to accommodate the total occupancy numbers on the meeting rooms floor,
and were in violation of a local ordinance
and codes. As a result, the fire marshal reduced the maximum room occupancies.
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