Gerry Chase, president and COO of New Castle Hotels & Resorts, a third-party management company and hotel developer, promoted Jeremy Buffam to VP of capital projects and facilities for the company’s portfolio of hotels in the US and Canada.
Buffam oversees capital projects including property renovations and new construction, and is responsible for facilities engineering & maintenance including efficiency programs across the portfolio. He works closely with New Castle’s development team and investor partners to manage projects from due diligence & budgeting through construction and operational turnover.
“Jeremy has an engineer’s passion for innovation and resource conservation as well as an owner’s instinct for cost containment and long-term return on investment,” Chase said in a statement. “We are able to deliver a better return for our owners and we are better development partners because of Jeremy’s combination of skills and sensibilities.”
Buffam’s current undertakings include the renovation of the historic Westin Nova Scotian, the redesign and renovation of the Algonquin Golf Course in St. Andrews, New Brunswick and modernizing disparate mechanical systems at the Hampton Inn Milwaukee Downtown; a landmark bank that evolved into a hotel by annexing adjacent buildings over a period of nearly 100 years.
A career project manager, Buffam began working in the construction/project management field in Chicago while completing his undergraduate work at Wheaton College. He held project management positions at Stone & Webster Engineering (currently CB&I), ENSR International (currently AECOM) and Walsh Associates, managing a diverse portfolio of projects in New York City and throughout the Northeast.