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STAMFORD, CONN.—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced Element Hotels, its stylish eco-incubator brand, will debut in Detroit in July of 2018, following an adaptive re-use project that will transform the historic Metropolitan Building into an upscale mixed-use development. Element Detroit at the Metropolitan Building will be owned and developed by Metropolitan Hotel Partners, LLC, a joint venture between Detroit-based Means Group and Roxbury Group, and will feature 110 light-filled rooms and an atmosphere designed to fuel a life in balance and on the move. “We look forward to introducing Element to Detroit with this exciting adaptive re-use project that will retain the historic charm of the Metropolitan Building, while turning it into a sleek and stylish destination for travelers visiting the Motor City,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. “On track to more than double its global portfolio in the next three years, Element offers travelers bright modern design, an energizing atmosphere, and everything they need for smart, sustainable living.”
NEW YORK—The Light Human Hotel, a new eco-friendly brand and concept created by two France-based entrepreneurs—Jean-Pierre Bandeira, CEO of Light Human Hotel and Julien Veyron, Architect and CEO of atelier arcau—will make its first appearance in the United States later this year in Miami. That 80-room hotel on Collins Ave. will be the first of now eight Light Human Hotel properties to open. Additional hotels are planned in the next few years for Miami, San Antonio, Los Angeles, New York, Sao Paulo, Antibes, Rio de Janeiro and London. Bandeira says Light Human Hotels will go beyond LEED in regard to building health and efficiency. Designed for both new construction and retrofits, Light Human Hotels will offer electric vehicle charging stations, optional housekeeping in some cases, farm to table restaurants, fitness centers with bicycles that generate electricity, and the integration of “live” plants into exterior building features. “Light Human Hotel is not a generic brand of hotel,” Veyron says. “Our vision is that Light Human Hotels are shaped for people to live, to share, to work and to have fun together.”
WASHINGTON, D.C—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced a new LEED pilot credit—Building Material Human Hazard & Exposure Assessment, which encourages project teams and manufacturers to assess human health related exposure scenarios for products during their installation and use phases.
NATIONAL REPORT—Inspired by sea vistas and the beckoning horizon lines of exotic oceans, Du Verre Hardware introduces the WAVE collection. Graphically strong, Wave plays with light and texture in a compelling way. Whether you choose to install the hardware vertically or horizontally the pattern changes to reflect the ambient light. Three rich finishes enhance the eco-friendly recycled aluminum hardware. Two knobs and four pulls are available in Satin Nickel, Antique Brass and Oil-rubbed Bronze.
CLEVELAND, OHIO—The 600-room Hilton Cleveland Downtown officially opened its doors to the public. To commemorate this milestone, Hilton Worldwide executives, Hilton Cleveland Downtown management and employees, city and county officials, community representatives and invited guests gathered for a celebratory ribbon cutting ceremony and reception. The LEED Silver certified building incorporates sustainably-minded features such as smart thermometers and occupancy censors. “The opening of Hilton Cleveland Downtown signifies not only a historic occasion for the city of Cleveland, but for Hilton Hotels & Resorts,” said Shawn McAteer, Vice President, Global Brand Management, Full Service Brands, Hilton Worldwide. “This is the first hotel for Hilton Worldwide’s flagship brand in Cleveland, opening as this city continues to transform into a must-visit destination. The hotel’s sleek, contemporary design embodies a new era of Hilton hotels and represents our future.” Located on Lakeside Avenue in downtown Cleveland, the hotel overlooks Lake Erie and FirstEnergy Stadium. The convention-style property, intended to serve as the new front door to Cleveland, connects to the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland and is adjacent to the Global Center for Health Innovation.
SPARTANBURG, S.C.—Global flooring manufacturer Milliken announces the opening of the Milliken Distribution Center in LaGrange, Ga., in its former administrative and design building. The 143,000-square-foot facility will help accommodate the company’s growing product line, which now includes luxury vinyl tile, along with its traditional broadloom, modular carpet and entryway solutions. The distribution center began operating on June 1.
CARY, N.C.—CBC Flooring, a sustainability-focused flooring company, will showcase its portfolio of commercial resilient flooring products—including luxury vinyl tiles and planks, homogenous vinyl tiles, indoor/outdoor sheet flooring and stair treads, PVC-free advanced PET thermoplastic flooring, and accessories, such as maintenance and installation products—at NeoCon 2016, which will take place June 13 to 15 at The Mart in Chicago.
CITY OF INDUSTRY, CALIF.—CSL (Creative Systems Lighting), manufacturer of high performance, energy-efficient lighting solutions for commercial and residential projects, announced that their LED Cylinders have been awarded the 2016 Green GOOD DESIGN Award, presented by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
PORTLAND, ORE.—McMenamins has built a reputation in Oregon and Washington for revitalizing aging structures by converting them into useable spaces. It began its journey back in 1983 and now has 70 pubs and restaurants, 25 breweries, two distilleries, a winery, and 10 hotels. The hotels once had other uses. For example, McMenamins Anderson School in Bothell, Wash. was once Bothell Junior High. The historic Edgefield in Troutdale, Ore. was built in 1911 as the county poor farm. The Hotel Oregon in McMinnville, Ore., built in 1905, was once home to a restaurant and lounge, banquet hall, Greyhound bus depot, Western Union, soda fountain and beauty parlor. Next on McMenamins’ list for renovation is the old Elks Lodge in Tacoma, Wash. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was purchased by McMenamins along with the adjacent annex building in July 2012. Shannon McMenamin, General Manager of Lodging, Gift Shop and Spa Operations, says McMenamins is still in the “trying to recruit investors” stage. “The building is spectacular,” she says.
SAN FRANCISCO—Recognizing the depth and rigor of the Cradle to Cradle Material Health Methodology, the U.S. Green Building Council added the Material Health Certificate from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute as a leading standard under its Building Product Disclosure and Optimization, Material Ingredients credit. As a result, architects will be able to earn credits under LEED v4 by specifying products carrying a Material Health Certificate. Full Cradle to Cradle certification has long been a preferred standard within LEED; the addition now includes products carrying only the Material Health portion of certification, which recently became available as a stand-alone certificate. To leverage the years of expert development and practical application that have made Cradle to Cradle Certified the respected brand it is today, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute began offering the new certificate for Material Health in 2015. The requirements for the Material Health Certificate are identical to the Material Health attribute achievement level of full Cradle to Cradle certification.
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