Indoor air quality and easy ways to save money

At Sansone Companies this month, we are reminding everyone about indoor air quality and a quick and easy way to save money on heating and cooling costs.

While people rely on their HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system daily, many don’t realize the importance of this simple and easy task so they neglect to change their air filters, which can result in high energy bills, unnecessary illness, poor air circulation, and system failure. Why is it so important?

1.) Keeps energy costs down. HVAC systems work by recirculating air through the building. Since indoor air is up to 70 percent more polluted than outdoor air, each system contains a filter that traps pollutants, such as dust, bacteria, mold spores, and pet dander, from continuously circulating. When the air filter is clogged it makes the HVAC system work harder resulting in more energy being used. And when it requires more energy, to make your heating and air conditioning system work, it causes your energy bill to skyrocket. The Department of Energy says the average household spends about $2,200 a year on its energy bill. When you consistently change your air filter, you can save from 5 to 15 percent on your utility costs.

good air quality2.) Maintains healthy air quality. Any home activity can cause indoor air pollutants such as dust, mold spores, pet dander, and allergens to become airborne and travel throughout the home. These pollutants can affect the health and well-being of residents, particularly with individuals who suffer from allergies. Home air filters capture these airborne pollutants as the air is circulated back through the HVAC system, and greatly increases the quality of indoor air. When dirty, however, the filters cannot remove any of these pollutants, and the particles are redistributed through the home.

3.) Prevents many unexpected AC breakdowns. Air filters not only clean circulating air, but they also keep the system’s interior clean and working properly. Clogged filters allow dust and other airborne debris to become trapped in the inter-workings of the HVAC system, which can ultimately cause the system to fail long before it would with proper filter upkeep leaving you without air conditioning during our hottest periods of summer.

Energy Star suggests changing your air filter every month, especially during our summer months when your HVAC unit gets the most use. At the bare minimum, don’t let three months go by without swapping your dirty one out for a new one. When shopping, look at the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) number which ranges from 1 to 12. The higher the number the better the filtration is. Replacing your filter is an easy and inexpensive step to take to save money, improve your indoor air quality, and reduce the cause of many air conditioning outages.

 

Roland Sansone on Five Pillars of Success

When you’ve built one of the foremost development companies in a city known for building great things, you learn a thing or two about success. So it is with Roland Sansone.

Roland Sansone on the History of Nevada’s Largest Mall

Roland Sansone brings sports bar to the mall.When he founded the company that bears his name, Sansone Development, back in 1978, Real Estate Developer Roland Sansone, started by focusing on fixing up older homes. Eventually, he transitioned his company to custom homes, followed by professional office buildings and retail shopping centers. Eventually, the company’s efforts culminated in the purchase of Nevada’s oldest and largest mall – The Boulevard, totaling 1.2 million square feet and originally built in 1968 by Moe Dalitz, Allard Roen and Irwin Molasky. This $54.5 million purchase was followed by $44 million in upgrades, completely re-imagining this iconic Las Vegas location into a brand-new community hub where people and families can meet for entertainment, dining and shopping.

“As our city has grown, so has Sansone Companies,” said Roland Sansone. “No matter how big we got, we never lost sight of our core values, and on putting the customer first, no matter what. Even though we build and develop, this is still a people business, and you can’t lose that human touch.” As a testament to this, during the Great Recession Roland Sansone helped many tenants weather the bad economy to his own detriment, and lost some properties to the lenders.

Those core values include five principles that the company – led by Roland Sansone’s sons Miles Sansone and Devon Sansone– still lives by today.

Developer Roland Sansone discussing the five principles of his company:

focus1. Focus.

There’s no greater hazard to a business than trying to do too many things. All too often, the result is doing none of them right. Developer Roland Sansone has focused on different aspects of development throughout the lifetime of his company, but never on too many things at once. Sansone Development by choice is not a contractor, architect or an engineer. This allows Roland Sansone’s company to find the best people and firms to help with each of the developments. Initially, the focus was residential remodels. Then, large custom homes. Following that, professional office, medical and retail space. And finally, the focus became creating the new heart of a community in one of Las Vegas’ most storied corridors – The Boulevard on Maryland Parkway. This bold venture to redevelop and fix The Boulevard neighborhood was quite an undertaking; it has taken Roland Sansone over two years and a lot of work. As you drive North on Maryland parkway from Russel, to Tropicana, to Flamingo and past Desert Inn you will see enormous investments coming and changes to the Maryland corridor.

“We never lose sight of the job at hand,” says Roland Sansone. “Though you’ve always got a pipeline of work coming in, you can’t take your eyes off the work you’ve rolled your sleeves up to do at the moment. That kind of focus is essential for any business that hopes to grow – and more importantly, seeks to serve its customers well.”

integrity2. Integrity.

For its size, Las Vegas is famous for being a small town in a lot of ways. That means people who burn bridges don’t last very long here. That kind of culture is ideal for an organization like Sansone Development, and for professionals like developer Roland Sansone. Doing right by customers, tenants, investors and partners is the bedrock of not only completing major projects, but also in ensuring that more of them come your way.

Roland Sansone says, “Keeping your word is what helps you build that reputation as a person with integrity. It makes it easier to do business – investors trust you, partners seek your advice, and customers are more comfortable with you because they know you’re on their side.”

diligence3. Diligence.

Seeing a job through is what bedevils a lot of companies, and many entrepreneurs. Individuals may fall in love with a line of work for a certain aspect of it, but in any profession, it often comes along with a lot of tasks that make the job feel less than fun. Maintaining enthusiasm, excellence and commitment through every part of the job is what makes the difference between a good company and a great one, says Roland Sansone. He continues: “You’re never going to get far without buckling down and doing the work when the going gets tough. The key is to take those passions that you have and apply them to all parts of the job – even those you may not prefer. Eventually, you’ll learn that diligence is, in fact, its own kind of reward.”

hard work4. Hard work.

If you love what you do it will never be hard work. At Sansone Development the staff looks forward to coming to work because of the love of the job, the team effort and the comradery that occurs at the office.  But putting in your best effort, day after day, is the mark of a true professional. Those are the kinds of team members developer Roland Sansone surrounds himself with at Sansone Development.

“If you’re not tired at the end of the day, I’d say you’ve probably done something wrong,” says Roland Sansone. “Throughout my career, I’ve always valued people who only have one setting: one hundred percent. For the truly great professional, there’s never a time when you put in anything less than that.”

transparency5. Transparency.

We hear a lot about it in government, but transparency is essential in the private sector, too. In a lot of ways, it’s the secret behind a lot of other great core values, like integrity and honesty. For Roland Sansone’s industry – commercial development – it’s even more essential. Working with diverse partners makes it crucial that all parties are open and transparent.

Five core values – focus, integrity, diligence, hard workand transparency. These are the principles that have fueled the success of developer Roland Sansone and the developments his company has created.

Roland Sansone on 5 Ways He’s Built a Place That Will Surprise

Roland Sansone Purchased The Boulevard and Transformed it:

When Roland Sansone bought the iconic Boulevard Mall for $55 million, that investment was only the beginning. Now called “The Boulevard”, this one-of-a-kind destination is now more than just shopping, offering an experience that encompasses entertainment, dining and shopping.

So with the arrival of the Las Vegas’s newest entertainment epicenter, here are a few surprising experiences Sansone Development has put together at The Boulevard.

  1. It’s got things to do, not just things to buy.

  • Roland Sansone envisioned something completely for Las Vegas’s favorite mall – in fact, it’s not just a mall anymore. The Boulevard is a place for families to gather for fun and entertainment. In addition to the great diversions already on offer, The Boulevard has completely new experiences coming soon – including Seaquest Aquarium, an upcoming luxury movie theater; a trampoline park and much more.

“Our intention was to create a center for the community,” said Roland Sansone.” We want to make a place that’s great for the families we serve. This isn’t about retail space…it’s about bringing people together in an environment that builds community.”

  1. Roland Sansone is building a community resource.

  • Sansone Development envisioned a place that would serve as the heart of the community, so they’ve carefully assembled a collection of community-centric services that would help make local residents’ lives better. Look to The Boulevard for employment, with jobs to be found at an on-site call center; healthcare, with the addition of an upcoming clinic and dentist’s office; and the area’s leading Goodwill center (with customization of the retail space paid for by Roland Sansone and Sansone Companies).

roland sansone and grandson“Health, work, and family are what it’s all about,” said Roland Sansone. “Those are the values that have helped me build a great family life in this city, and I want to give back so that others have it, too.”

  1. It’s a community center.

As Roland Sansone says, “Every community needs a heart. And although Las Vegas is a great city, we need to focus on individual neighborhoods and build them piece by piece, one by one, so we can ultimately build a stronger city.”

  • roland sansone at the boulevard las vegas front entranceThe Maryland Parkway corridor is an important part of our city. With the revitalization of The Boulevard, now there’s a new heart of this important community hub. By completely reimagining the largest mall into the state, transforming it into an entertainment and community nexus, there’s now a groundswell of development activity in this part of the city. Sansone Companies has doubled the lighting at the site, enhanced safety, installed energy-efficient LEDs, revamped the landscaping, and provided much-needed upgrades from Tropicana to Sunrise.
  1. It’s part of our city’s future.

  • Roland Sansone realizes that to recognize the vital importance of the Maryland Parkway, look no further than the Regional Transportation Commission. Currently, the RTC is studying the feasibility of a light rail system that connects las vegas mccaran airportMcCarran International Airport to Downtown Las Vegas via Maryland Parkway. The Boulevard is proud to be part of these bold steps forward.

Roland Sansone explains: “Transportation is critical to helping all Las Vegans. We want to connect all residents to the resources they need to build better, happier lives.”

  1. Roland Sansone recognizes the importance of families.

  • It’s not enough to build a mall. Roland Sansone and Sansone Development have set out to create a new heart of Las Vegas along one of its most vital corridors. The Boulevard is just the beginning – from here, there’s no telling where the momentum might take us.

Together, Roland Sansone and his development partners are making Las Vegas better – one development at a time.

A Recent Success Story – Regal Movie Theater Center on Eastern

Recently, the Regal Movie Theater Center on Eastern and Pebble was only 50% occupied. Sansone Companies took this complex to 95% occupied, rather quickly. Below explains how they achieved this quick success.

How you ask? Roland and team looked carefully at the project and kept the tactics simple but strategic.

  • The lighting was not adequate at night.
  • The paint was outdated and fading.
  • The fabric awnings needed a refresh.
  • The parking lot needed to be repaired, but those were just the surface of the challenges to tackle for the center.

    Regal Movie Theater Center on Eastern gets an upgrade:

IMG_3675With Sansone’s creative thinking, they removed parking stalls in front of the restaurants and put pavers in to allow for more patio and open seating. Then the team began actively lobbying for good qualified tenants for the center and helped control the mix of tenants to create each vacant space more desirable then the last.

Even at 95% occupied the property is still being fine-tuned to create not only a comfortable shopping experience for customers, but a desirable location for tenant’s to open their business.

Exciting – Sea Quest Aquarium at the New Boulevard Mall

We are so excited to provide this news about the Sea Quest Aquarium coming to The Boulevard Mall. This iconic mall has recently been and continues to be renovated and upgraded. It’s no surprise that tons of people are already looking forward to this new attraction in the Las Vegas area. It’s different than any other attraction in the Vegas area, providing one on one interactions with beautiful sea animals and exotic birds.

Sea Quest AquariumSansone Companies announced the Sea Quest Aquarium will open in the third quarter of 2016. This 31,000 square feet interactive aquarium experience will be Sea Quest’s third location in the United States and the largest of the three properties. The entrance will be found between Macy’s and Goodwill, where guests will be welcomed with large aquariums filled with bright colored fish and seahorses.

Continue to read the Full Article on the front page of the Business section of the Las Vegas Review Journal >

*photo courtesy of Las Vegas Review Journal

Real Estate Services

Sansone Companies is well-known in the Las Vegas community as key developers in the commercial and residential space.

Roland SansoneVegasINC creates a list each year of the top developers and in June of 2015, they broke through to make it into the top 10 developers in the Las Vegas area.  In fact, they made it into the 9th spot with 1.9 million in square feet managed. Continue reading Real Estate Services

Roland Sansone and the Newest Luxury Movie Theater

Las Vegas Real estate developer, Roland Sansone, is bringing a new luxury theater to The Boulevard Mall very soon. 

In their post, The Washington Post states that there is a huge rise in luxury movie theaters throughout the country. Las Vegas has caught on.

The plans are underway to roll out the details on this exciting new project. Although we cannot yet reveal all of the details, the talks are happening, and the movie theater will be coming. It is an exciting addition to this part of the Las Vegas Valley.

roland_sansoneFor those of you who have not yet experienced a luxury theater, you are in for a treat that can also become strangely addicting. Roland Sansone and Sansone Companies will bring super comfortable padded reclining seats to the movies, where you can press a button to get it at the perfect angle you require. Also, these movie theaters allow for wine, beer, and special foods (besides popcorn) to be ordered and delivered to you in your seat. This convenience turns your night at the movies into a night at the Kennedy Center.

Roland Sansone Brings The “Popcorn and Fun”

popcornOther possibilities for the luxury movie theater include a highly delicious in-theater restaurant with fancy foods, unlimited popcorn, and the ability to reserve your actual seats ahead of time. Each luxury theater also seems to have special additions of their own so that the Boulevard Mall will have some things unique to it. The luxury movies now often feel an entirely new relaxing night out on the town. It’s a place to get the party started or to experience a kind of zen meditation.

Roland Sansone continues to bring more value to the mall and the community surrounding. He’s excited to roll out the luxury movie theater along with other projects that have not yet been announced, but will be, very soon. The upgrades at the mall, continue. Roland Sansone and his company, Sansone Companies, are committed to maintaining excellence, respect, and integrity in all aspects of operations, ensuring dedication to customer service. You can bet this new movie theater is going to meet their high standards.

Investing

Investing in the Boulevard Mall
Roland Sansone invests his time into giving back to the Boulevard Mall, a project he’s been working on since 2013.

Roland Sansone invests his time, energy and dollars into well researched real estate development investing mostly in the Las Vega and Henderson markets. At the core of what Roland Sansone invests in are projects of great potential in markets that need it. Roland is known for his commitment, passion and dedication in all of the transactions that he does. The deals that Roland looks for are those that will help to boost the Las Vegas economy and help the many under-serviced real estate segments in the Vegas market. Continue reading Investing