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Carlota Hotel, in Pursuit of LEED, Opens in Ecuador


QUITO, ECUADOR—The Quito Tourism Board announced the opening of the Carlota Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in Quito’s bustling historic district. Carlota Hotel is located in a renovated house built at the turn of the century in 1905. This property is the first urban-design boutique hotel in Quito’s Historic District and aims to become the first LEED certified hotel in Ecuador and the first LEED certified design boutique hotel in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hotel opened on July 21.

Moz Expands Blendz Patina Collection


OAKLAND, CALIF.—The Blendz Patina Collection from Móz Metals & Architectural Products is expanding with four new color offerings inspired by nature. The Patina Collection is the newest addition to the Móz portfolio of dynamic metal surfacing materials. Featuring variegated tones of copper, wood, water and other earth tones, the Patina Collection adds dimensionality and natural beauty to walls, columns, and facades in a lightweight easy-to-install metal material.

IHG Army Hotels Abrams Hall on Fort Benning Earns LEED Gold


FORT BENNING, GA.—Regional and national leaders from InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the U.S. Army and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) gathered at the IHG Army Hotels Abrams Hall on Fort Benning to celebrate the property’s recent LEED Gold certification. The property has also already achieved the highest Level of certification—Level 4—in IHG’s group-wide sustainability program, the IHG Green Engage system, and is a great example of IHG’s commitment to sustainability. The IHG Green Engage system allows hotels to track, measure and report on their carbon footprint and utility consumption as well as recommending more than 200 Green Solutions which help deliver greater sustainability. Level 4 hotels are leading hotels in the environmental sustainability area. They demonstrate leading and innovative approaches to being sustainable. Abrams Hall received the LEED Gold status by earning points for sustainable practices across key areas such as reducing water and energy use and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions. Features of the property include software-controlled heating/cooling systems in both common spaces and guestrooms and the use of recyclable materials for construction.

Demand Increasing for ConX Modular Steel Building System


PLEASANTON, CALIF.—The construction technology company ConXtech announces increasing adoption of its ConX Chassis Based Modular structural steel building system for hotel, resort, and extended stay facilities. ConXtech currently has eight hospitality projects in design and has completed four, for both boutique and major hospitality brands including the first AC Hotel by Marriott in California. ConXtech’s substantial experience providing high-density residential structures has enabled a natural expansion into the hospitality sector.

ILEX Names Schaidler Western Regional Sales Manager


TAUNTON, MASS.—ILEX Architectural Lighting has enhanced its sales team with the addition of Andy Schaidler as the Western Regional Sales Manager. Schaidler’s role will encompass the management of sales and business development initiatives pertaining to all four branches of the brand: ILEX, Davis-Mueller, Norwell, and Custom Metal Craft.

Brentano Introduces Award Winning Pattern—Solstice


WHEELING, ILL.—Drawing inspiration from Brentano’s successful pattern Equinox, Solstice—redesigned for indoor/outdoor applications—joins the new Cityscape collection. Representing Brentano’s collaboration with Sunbrella Contract, the pattern joins the collection with notable recognition. Solstice achieved an IIDA/HD Product Design Award at the HD Expo show this past May; and, at NeoCon, the textile was awarded with a HiP Award (Honoring Industry People and Innovative Products) from Interior Design magazine and the #MetropolisLikes Award for excellence in aesthetics and functionality from Metropolis magazine.

GLN Welcomes RieNu by Riegel as Founding Sponsor


ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes RieNu by Riegel as a Founding Sponsor. RieNu by Riegel is the first to market recycled table linen product. Made from recycled water bottles—the process includes collection, sanitizing, melting and extruding that molten material into yarn which is then woven and dyed to make RieNu.

Restaurant Corridor at The Park Earns LEED Certification


LAS VEGAS—The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded LEED Gold certification (Core & Shell) to the restaurant corridor at The Park, MGM Resorts International’s newly-opened outdoor dining and entertainment district. The Park is designed to provide a gathering place and oasis from the bustle of the Las Vegas Strip. As part of The Park’s commitment to earn LEED certification, MGM Resorts invested in cutting-edge technology and implemented a range of environmentally conscious construction and landscaping measures to help lower overall environmental impact. “One of MGM Resorts’ strongest values is offering destinations that create exceptional guest experiences while reducing environmental impact,” said Cindy Ortega, MGM Resorts International’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “For us, environmental responsibility is a commitment that extends across all levels of our organization. The Park exemplifies our dedication to environmental leadership in Las Vegas.” Environmental attributes of The Park that supported the LEED Gold rating include the use of recycled materials. More than 85 percent of construction waste was recycled. An on-site well provides all of The Park’s irrigation water.

Building Firm Epsten Group Announces New Ownership


ATLANTA—Epsten Group, a global leader in sustainable design and consulting services, has announced that its President and CEO, Dagmar Epsten, FAIA, LEED Fellow, has transferred ownership of the firm to the existing senior management staff. The new principals, consisting of William D’Onofrio, AIA; Pete Choquette, AIA; Darren Draper, PE; and Lauren Wallace, assumed ownership of the firm on July 1, 2016.

Electric Mirror Unveils New Keen Technology


EVERETT, WASH.—Electric Mirror, a global leader in mirror technology, unveiled the next generation of its patented and energy-savings Keen Technology, which offers improved functionality and is now available at a lower cost. Keen allows hotel end users to individualize their lighted mirror experience by choosing from eight different lighting levels, as well as a night glow mode, which serves as a night light.

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