No matter how much work goes into the planning, concepting and development of a new spa, renovation, or conversion, there are common flaws that can easily slip through the cracks – even with proper protocols, consultations, documentation, site walks and approvals.
These flaws happen because they are very specific to spas and wellness facilities – odd MEP requirements for anyone not used to building a spa, if you will! There are sinks in the floors (pedicure bowls), electrical outlets in the center of each treatment room floor (for electric massage tables which have controls for movement and heating solutions), and there is a need for multiple volume and channel controls within a small footprint of the overall facility – inside each treatment room.
Even if you see the construction documents correctly created, it’s important to mention them to the development team on site. And of course, to walk the site to make sure these areas are prepped for what may seem odd, but is imperative to the relaxation efforts that spas deliver!
Lynn Curry, CMC, ISHC, has been a Spa Consultant since 1997. She has provided financial feasibility, guest use projections, design development, concept direction, equipment specifications, and pre-opening consulting services to dozens of upscale and luxury resorts, casinos, hotels, residential community spas, and wellbeing hospitality properties. She launched Curry Spa Consulting, Inc. in 2011, which quickly became a global spa consulting firm with clients worldwide. She was named American Spa Magazine's Favorite Spa Consultant for the 2018 Professional Choice Awards and was runner up to the industry's Women In Wellness Spa Consultant of the Year. She is a proud member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (the leading source for global hospitality expertise) and a Certified Management Consultant™ (CMC®) with the Institute of Management Consultants (an ISO/IEC 17024 Certifying Body).All author posts