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Tandus Centiva Awarded Two Good Design Awards


DALTON, GA.—Tandus Centiva announced that it has received two Good Design Awards in the flooring category for Thin Lines and Code Series, a Suzanne Tick design. The Good Design program is an international design award organized by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. Hundreds of entries from across the globe were submitted for consideration and judged by a panel of distinguished design professionals, industry specialists and design press.

Starwood Headquarters Earns LEED Platinum Certification


STAMFORD, CONN.—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.’s aggressive environmental goals and design-led approach earned the company’s global headquarters the highest LEED accolades available. Home to approximately 1,200 Starwood associates representing nearly every global function, One StarPoint is the only building in Stamford to achieve the highest level of LEED certification. “We made a long-term investment in Stamford when we moved our global headquarters here and our extensive work for LEED certification is one way we continue to create a healthy and environmentally conscious work environment, which helps with retention, reduces energy consumption, and creates a more pleasant working experience,” said Ken Siegel, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and head of Global Citizenship. “We’re proud of the dedication it took to achieve this certification—more than five years—and proud of our associates’ commitment to the Harbor Point community.” Kicked off in 2009, architects, designers, and the Global Citizenship team invested tens of thousands of hours to earn LEED Platinum from the U.S. Green Building Council for an existing building.

Hunter Douglas Recognized with Three Good Design Awards


PEARL RIVER, N.Y.—Now in its 64th year, the Good Design Awards, one of the world’s oldest and most recognized programs for identifying design excellence worldwide, announced its 2014 winners. Hunter Douglas, a leader in custom window fashions, received design excellence awards for its Silhouette A Deux window shadings, Solera Soft Shades and the Platinum App for motorized shades. Hunter Douglas was the only window covering manufacturer to be recognized.

Hilton Partners with CIMC to Develop its First Modular Hotel


MCLEAN, VA.—Hilton Worldwide has reached an agreement with modular building provider CIMC to develop the first hotel at Bristol Airport (U.K.) under its economy Hampton by Hilton brand. Financed and owned by CIMC, the hotel will be managed by Hilton Worldwide. The announcement marks a strategic partnership between Hilton Worldwide and CIMC. CIMC’s innovative modular technique significantly reduces the time taken for construction by manufacturing and assembling portions of the hotel, including guestrooms and hallways, in China, before transporting them to the final site for assembly. The model helps ensure consistent quality and accelerates the build schedule on site, a benefit for developers and investors in mature and emerging markets alike. Patrick Fitzgibbon, Senior Vice President, Development, Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide said, “CIMC’s capacity to deliver modular sections of the building to the final hotel site offers an incredible opportunity to overcome many of the challenges faced during construction. Alongside potential time and cost efficiencies, CIMC’s ability to provide senior debt to developers using its modular building technique underpins its robust growth model.”

IHG, Carr City Centers Team Up on Hotel in Washington, D.C.


ATLANTA—IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) and Carr City Centers announce a new InterContinental Hotels & Resorts property in Washington, D.C. The 278-room new build hotel will be part of The Wharf, a world-class, mixed-use waterfront development located on the historic Washington Channel. IHG, Carr and Clark Enterprises partnered together to form a joint venture with Wharf Master Developer Hoffman-Madison Waterfront to develop and own the InterContinental. The Washington D.C. property will apply for LEED Silver certification, contributing to the overall LEED-ND Gold status of The Wharf. The new InterContinental hotel will complement the iconic Willard InterContinental Washington D.C. hotel—also part of the Carr portfolio—in catering to business and leisure travelers seeking a luxury guest experience. Expected to open in Q2 of 2017, the hotel will feature a signature restaurant, spa, rooftop pool and bar, 17,000 square feet of meeting space with water views, and a sky view lounge with views of D.C. and the waterfront.

Tandus Centiva Expands TandusTape Usage


DALTON, GA.—Tandus Centiva announces the introduction of TandusTape for Flex-Aire Modular products. Previously limited to use with ethos Modular, the convenience and cost savings made possible by the TandusTape Installation System has now been expanded to include the Flex-Aire Modular product platform.

Viridian Adds Line of Paneling & Flooring from Granary Beams


PORTLAND, ORE.—Viridian Reclaimed Wood announced the introduction of a new line of solid-strip paneling and flooring derived from reclaimed structural beams, according to Viridian co-owner Joe Mitchoff.

TownePlace Suites in Anchorage is Alaska’s First LEED Hotel


ANCHORAGE, ALASKA—The 114-suite TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Anchorage, Alaska is scheduled to open the week of November 17, making it the first in Alaska. It is also Alaska’s first LEED certified hotel. The TownePlace Suites Anchorage Midtown will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Denali Land, LLC and managed by Stonebridge Companies of Denver. Located in Midtown and five miles from Ted Stevens International Airport, the hotel offers guests convenient access to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, the Alaska Railroad Train to Denali National Park and the Alaska Native Heritage Center. “We are pleased to introduce the TownePlace Suites brand in the state of Alaska,” said Loren Nalewanski, Vice President and Global Brand Manager, TownePlace Suites. “Providing an upscale residential atmosphere, this TownePlace Suites hotel offers an appealing alternative to more standard hotel rooms designed for shorter stays.” The TownePlace Suites Anchorage Midtown’s warm lobby and friendly “hello” signage welcomes guests to the check-in area. Guests and staff interact using a floor-to-ceiling TowneMap that helps guests settle into the local area.

Interface Names Gould Chief Operating Officer


ATLANTA—Interface, Inc. announced the appointment of Jay Gould as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the company. Gould, who was most recently CEO of American Standard Brands, will oversee global operations, marketing, and organizational development for the carpet tile manufacturing company that is a recognized leader in sustainability worldwide.

A Hotel Industry Future Without Vinyl Products?


Vinyl or PVC materials have been a staple in hotel projects for many decades. Vinyl offers performance and a cost value that other materials found hard to match for a very long time. Unfortunately PVC based materials also present an environmental headache that many hotel owners, builders and designers want to avoid in the future. Of course many in the vinyl industry would argue otherwise including the Vinyl Institute which represents many of the film and chemical manufacturers. Leaving aside the science for a moment which is very compelling against chlorine chemistry; you need only observe the marketplace to see where the interiors furnishings industry is headed. Scores of manufacturers each month advertise their products in design magazines; with the tag line “PVC free” in promoting their own products.

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