Market Overview

Denihan Hospitality Announces Formation of Workforce Development Program at The James Washington D.C.

Share:

- Program Intended to Strengthen Connection Between Denihan and
Members of the NoMa Neighborhood -

Denihan
Hospitality
, ("Denihan" or the
"Company") a full service hospitality company, is pleased to announce
the formation of The James Connection, a workforce development program
at the soon-to-be-constructed The James Washington D.C., the hotel
component of Armature Works, a premier mixed-use development located in
the vibrant NoMa neighborhood of Washington D.C. that is being developed
by Trammell Crow Company, its residential subsidiary High Street
Residential, and KochSmith Capital. The James Connection, which is
intended to establish a mutually beneficial relationship between
Denihan, its development partners and the local community, will offer
5-10 neighbors the opportunity to participate in a week-long hotel
shadow program. It will also offer career training in hospitality twice
a year to interested juniors and seniors at Eastern High School.

"Like The James brand, the NoMa neighborhood symbolizes opportunity,
adventure, and diversity, and that's why we are thrilled to be joining
this community and announce The James Connection," said Christina
Denihan, Vice President of Asset Management and Development. "We really
felt this Program would be a good way for us to deepen our connection
with our neighbors by allowing them to work in a hotel environment and
experience our shared values firsthand. As a result of this program and
our presence in the area, we believe we can develop strong relationships
with the local community and the next generation of hospitality
professionals, which is something we are very excited about."

The week-long hotel shadow program will allow participants to work
closely with the hotel's staff during pre-opening training at The James
Washington D.C. All participants will receive hands-on experience in a
number of line staff and management hospitality roles including guest
services, security, sales and marketing, and human resources. Those
interested in participating in The James Connection are encouraged to
email JamesDC@denihan.com.
Applications will be emailed to all interested parties shortly before
the hotel's opening in late 2020.

In keeping with Denihan's ongoing commitment to educate young adults on
the opportunities available to them in the hospitality sector, the
Company's partnership with Eastern High School will provide juniors and
seniors with interview training, resume writing courses and the ability
to learn in a fast-paced environment from established hospitality
professionals. Members of Denihan's executive team will also serve as
mentors for the students.

The James Connection is part of a broader series of workforce
development initiatives being undertaken by the development team behind
the Armature Works project, which include the following:

  • A commitment by Clark Construction, the project's general contractor,
    to establish a formal program aimed at attracting both skilled and
    entry-level employees to the job site from the surrounding
    neighborhoods;
  • The potential creation of an apprenticeship in the electrical repair
    business of Central Armature Works, the business that has operated on
    the site of the Armature Works project for over three decades; and
  • A donation of $50,000 to the Greater Washington Community Foundation,
    which works to strengthen the Washington metropolitan region by
    encouraging and supporting effective giving and by providing
    leadership on critical issues. The Foundation will establish a grant
    program to be used for job training for residents and employers within
    roughly 1 mile of the development site.

The James Washington D.C. will feature 204 rooms, 10,000 square feet of
meeting space, a signature restaurant on the ground floor and a rooftop
bar. The hotel is scheduled to open during the winter of 2020 along with
the rest of the 780,000-square-foot Armature Works development, which
includes a 640 apartment units in two buildings, , outdoor public spaces
and 42,000 square feet of street-level retail.

About Denihan Hospitality

Denihan is a privately-held, full service hotel management and
development company. The Company owns and/or operates boutique hotels in
major urban markets throughout the U.S. For over 50 years, Denihan has
been creating value by acquiring, repositioning and managing independent
assets. The Denihan portfolio includes properties operating under The
James and Affinia Hotels & Suites, as well as Manhattan independent
boutique hotels, The Benjamin, and The Surrey, voted #1 hotel in New
York City in Travel + Leisure's 'World's Best Awards' in 2016 and 2017.
The portfolio also includes an impressive list of chef-driven
restaurants and bars. Denihan's uniquely guest-centric approach, refined
through three generations of Denihan leadership, has made it an industry
leader in hospitality, property and restaurant development, as well as
hotel operations, management and marketing. More details can be found at www.denihan.com.

View Comments and Join the Discussion!