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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK—The large structures arriving in Yellowstone National Park’s Canyon Village are tangible indications that the Canyon Lodge & Cabins redevelopment project is truly taking shape. Constructed in Boise, Idaho by Guerdon Enterprises, the modules will eventually comprise five multi-story lodges featuring stone and wood that blend into the surrounding area. The first three lodges will open in 2015 and the remaining two the following year. The modules are being created in a controlled environment that allows for year-round work while minimizing waste and maximizing efficiency. As part of its concessions contract with the National Park Service (NPS), lodge operator Xanterra Parks & Resorts is overseeing the $70 million project that will replace more than 300 cabins with five modern lodge buildings as well as a trail system conducive to pedestrians and bicyclists. Trucks are departing the Guerdon factory Mondays through Saturdays through late September. They stage in West Yellowstone, Mont. and can enter the park after midnight, when traffic is light.
BETHESDA, MD.—Marriott International, Inc. released its 2014 Sustainability Report—available this year as 10 separate and concise issue reports—sharing the company’s progress against a 2007 baseline, including a nearly 13 percent decrease in water intensity, 11 percent decrease in energy intensity, and a 12 percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions intensity. One of Marriott’s key environmental goals is to achieve a 20 percent reduction in energy and water intensity by 2020. “Our sustainability strategy is critical to the growth and success of our communities, our company, and our efforts to help protect our planet’s natural resources,” said Arne Sorenson, President and CEO of Marriott International. The Green Hotels Global tool used by Marriott International worldwide helps drive the company’s sustainability efforts and transparency, and was made a brand standard in 2013. The tool tracks the environmental footprint of each hotel in the company’s portfolio, including water and energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, recycling and over 100 property-level environmental practices.
NEW YORK—Premium Danish furniture brand Republic of Fritz Hansen announced their qualification for the Greenguard certification as of July 2014. Greenguard certified products include Egg and Egg footstool, Swan, Series 7, Ant, Grand Prix, Lily, Oxford, Ro, Nap, and Dot.
DALTON, GA.—Tandus Centiva, a Tarkett Co., announced that its ethos products, ethos modular and Powerbond ethos cushion have completed an Environmental Health Statement (EHS). An EHS is a third-party reviewed declaration of content and material assessment for building products.
HORSHAM, PA.—Roxanna Lopez, an Operations Manager for LRA Worldwide in the Audits and Inspections Group, has achieved LEED Accredited Professional (AP) status from the United States Green Building Council. Lopez’s certificate is in the Building Operations & Maintenance specialty. Previously, Lopez was recognized as a LEED Green Associate; the LEED AP credential signifies an advanced depth of knowledge in green building practices along with the ability to work in the specialized LEED Rating System.
DES PLAINES, ILL.—The Geberit Monolith floor-mount toilet was chosen as the Best New Product for 2014 at the recent meeting of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), New Jersey Chapter.
ITHACA, N.Y.—A new study from Cornell University has found that hotels gain a revenue benefit when they are certified under the LEED sustainable building program. By comparing LEED certified hotels with a competitive set of non-certified hotels, the study found substantial increases in average daily rates and revenue per available room for the LEED hotels. The study, “The Impact of LEED Certification on Hotel Performance,” by Matthew Walsman, Rohit Verma, and Suresh Muthulingam, is available at no charge from the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) at the School of Hotel Administration. “The hotel industry has embraced environmental sustainability and several hotels have registered for or earned ‘green’ certification under the LEED program,” said Verma, who is the Singapore Tourism Board Distinguished Professor at the School of Hotel Administration. “But LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is really aimed at controlling costs by limiting resource use. So, the question was whether there also is a revenue benefit from LEED. We found that the answer is, absolutely yes.”
NEW YORK—Leading textile manufacturer Carnegie has introduced a line of acoustic sheers from Swiss textile innovator Creation Baumann. Using breakthrough yarn and weaving technology these lightweight textiles significantly contribute to sound reduction in a space while preserving transparency. At a time when open spaces are becoming the norm across all market sectors and traditional noise absorbers such as heavy drapes and acoustical panels have been replaced with hard surfaces, acoustic problems have become a great source of user dissatisfaction.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK—Featuring a lineup of top architects, historians and preservation specialists, Yellowstone National Park will be the site this fall of a two-day event focused on the preservation of outstanding rustic architecture. Scheduled for September 30 to October 3, 2014, the Conference on Preservation & Stewardship of Historic Places will be presented through a partnership between the National Park Service, Yellowstone concessioner Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the Montana Preservation Alliance and American Institute of Architects Historic Resource Committee. The conference will become an annual event.
STAMFORD, CONN.—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced plans for a dual-branded hotel development in Columbus, Ohio, featuring its Aloft and Element brands. Owned by Indus Hotels, the 136-room Aloft Columbus and 123-room Element Columbus will be located adjacent to The Ohio State University, minutes from downtown Columbus. Marking the debut of both the Aloft and Element brands in Columbus, the hotels are slated to open in early 2017. “Our fast-growing Aloft and Element brands are a perfect fit for the lively city of Columbus and will help meet the demand for high-caliber lodging generated by The Ohio State University and the city’s thriving business community,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood.
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