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CROSSVILLE, TENN.—Officials with domestic tile manufacturer Crossville Inc. announced the company recycled 14,255,082 pounds of fired porcelain in 2014, bringing the company’s cumulative recycling total to nearly 53.5 million pounds since the 2009 launch of the Tile Take-Back program and subsequent TOTO USA recycling partnership.
LOS ANGELES—Portola Hotel & Spa, which currently holds the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED certification for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance, has completed the recertification process. This recertification represents a continuation of the eco-friendly initiatives begun in 2009 when the initial certification began. Portola Hotel & Spa participated in the USGBC’s Recertification Beta Pilot Program, which has a specific team focused on the hospitality industry. This makes Portola the very first Beta participant coming from the EBOM 2008 rating system and hotel to undergo the recertification process. “We are honored to have been chosen as the first participant in the LEED recertification process,” said Janine Chicourrat, General Manager of the Portola Hotel & Spa. “The process allowed us to continue to pursue our goal of remaining a leader of environmentally friendly hospitality.” Portola Hotel has invested in a new set of initiatives to guarantee its already existing superior “green” hospitality and live up to the eco-friendly standards of the LEED certification.
SUZHOU, CHINA—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced the debut of its eco-conscious Element brand in Asia Pacific with the opening of Element Suzhou Science and Technology Town in Suzhou, China. The hotel is owned by Suzhou Science and Technology Town Kexin Cultural Tourism Development Co., LTD. “As Starwood’s eco-innovation lab, the Element brand has redefined the category with its light-filled atmosphere, eco-minded design and commitment to innovation,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. “On track to triple its global portfolio by the end of 2017, Element is experiencing tremendous growth momentum and the brand’s debut in Asia Pacific is set to pave the way for more growth opportunities in the region.” “We are thrilled to introduce Starwood’s first Element Hotel in Asia Pacific, in China, one of the fastest growing and most dynamic travel markets in the world,” said Stephen Ho, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific. “Recent studies have shown that consumers are becoming increasingly interested in environmentally-friendly practices and products, as well as sustainable living.”
PEARL RIVER, N.Y.—Marv Hopkins, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hunter Douglas North America, a leading manufacturer and marketer of custom window fashions in the United States and Canada, announced the promotion of Ron Kass, President and Chief Operating Officer, to Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2015. Kass will retain his post as President. Hopkins also announced that he will be retiring effective July 1, after 20 years as CEO and 29 years, in total, with Hunter Douglas. Following his retirement, Hopkins will serve as Chairman Emeritus.
DALTON, GA.—Tandus Centiva introduces two new luxury vinyl tile (LVT) architectural folders, reinforcing the company’s commitment to designing extensive product offerings in this flooring category. With the introduction of the wood and stone architectural folders, Tandus Centiva expands the company’s breadth of luxury vinyl tiles and planks in the marketplace.
ATLANTA—The new Silver Linings carpet tile collection from Interface is offered in the company’s 25 cm-x-1 m skinny plank format and features 12 color options across three patterns: SL910 is the more subdued motif with the purest texture; SL920 is characterized by three accent colors that flicker through clever piping; and SL930 is engulfed by the accent colors of SL910 and SL920 that make bold, unexpected strikes of pattern. The elongated, narrow shape presents an elegant shift in scale when installed in a herringbone or pattern by tile method, or a graceful, monolithic effect in an ashlar installation.
CLEVELAND, OHIO—The 600-room Hilton Cleveland Downtown, currently under construction and scheduled to open in June 2016, is asking Cuyahoga County residents to submit snapshots that will be used to create a unique art installation that will be on display at the new hotel when it officially opens next year. The request is simple: snap a picture of yourself in a place that is authentically Cleveland and upload it to http://www.myclevelandphoto.com.
PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Wyndham Hotel Group announced LEED certifiable, new construction prototypes for its two largest and most well-known brands, Days Inn and Super 8. The announcement builds on efforts by the company over the last two years to refine its prototypical offerings, which now span a total of six brands, and provide U.S. owners and developers with complete, turn-key, design-forward solutions. Announced at the 37th Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, the two prototypes—which focus on style, performance and efficiency—are complemented by updated offerings for the company’s Baymont Inn & Suites, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham and Wingate by Wyndham brands. All six LEED certifiable prototypes come at a time when Wyndham Hotel Group is seeing significant interest in new construction domestically. As of March 31, 2015, the company had signed agreements for more than 140 new construction hotels throughout the United States. Of those, more than 30 have broken ground and are currently under development.
READING, PA.—Ambius, a global leader in interior landscaping, announced that Hilton San Francisco—Financial District has installed its innovative sustainable plant system, LivePicture, as part of the interior décor for the recently renovated property at the gateway to the world famous San Francisco Chinatown. The Hilton is using LivePicture for enhancing its meeting room and executive lobby areas.
ORLANDO, FLA.—Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), the world’s largest vacation ownership company and a member of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies received LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program for the company’s Wyndham Branson Preview Center at 240 Terrace Boulevard in Branson, Mo. LEED is a third-party certification program and premier benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. Formerly a vacant medical facility, the three-story, 33,000-square-foot facility underwent renovations last year that included environmentally conscious construction and design, an energy-efficient HVAC system and lighting, and new landscaping. The building is the first Wyndham sales center to install a pneumatic tube system between each floor to allow associates to send documents more efficiently during the sales process. “Achieving another LEED certification for the company exemplifies our commitment to integrate sustainability into our business practices as part of the Wyndham Green initiative,” said Franz Hanning, President and CEO, Wyndham Vacation Ownership.
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