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Beaufurn Introduces Mesa Lounge Seating


ADVANCE, N.C.—Beaufurn, the manufacturer of fashion-forward, functional designs, announced that it is introducing the Mesa Seating Collection. Resequencing the DNA of mid-century modern, this collection radiates its inspiration while leaping into the next generation of practical performance furniture. The generous proportions of the chairs and sofas make them particularly appropriate for corporate offices, lobbies, country clubs, Wi-Fi friendly coffeehouses, and university libraries and student unions.

Starwood to Open Aloft & Element Hotel Development Near Dallas Love Field Airport


STAMFORD, CONN.—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. together with Atlantic Hotels Group and Civitas Capital Group announced plans for a 224-room dual-branded Aloft and Element hotel development in the fast-growing Love Field district in Dallas. Scheduled to open in December of 2016, Aloft Dallas Love Field and Element Dallas Love Field will anchor a new mixed-use development just one mile from Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL) and the Dallas Medical District. “Aloft and Element will bring new energy to the Dallas Love Field lodging market by offering travelers the choice of two distinct lifestyle brands in close proximity to the airport, the central business district and leading attractions,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. “An industry leader in the eco-space, Element fuels a life of balance with its emphasis on wellness and sustainability, while Aloft is designed to meet the needs of the evolving global traveler with its unique design aesthetic and live music scene at the W XYZ Bar.”

AHLEI Publishes Food and Beverage Operations Textbook


ORLANDO, FLA.—The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) has published the sixth edition of Management of Food and Beverage Operations by Jack D. Ninemeier, Ph.D., CHA, CFBE, CHE. This textbook addresses successful management and operational tactics used in food and beverage operations, how foodservice operations improve quality standards while reducing expenses, and explores ways in which technology can be used to give guests greater value for their dining dollars and improve efficiency.

Landscape Forms Adopts HPD Standard for Site Furniture


KALAMAZOO, MICH.—Landscape Forms announced its participation in the Health Product Declaration (HPD) Open Standard, a format for reporting on the material content of building products and the associated health effects. Landscape Forms counts among its clients some of the most forward-looking companies in the world.

Sustainable Materials Introduces Cork Bricks


BOULDER, COLO.—Sustainable Materials, LLC is introducing Cork Bricks to the United States. A wall décor innovation, Corks Bricks are three-dimensional pieces of the finest natural, renewable cork bark precision cut in three different sizes and variations in thickness. Cork Bricks complement both casual and cosmopolitan décor. Imported from Portugal, Cork Bricks are pre-finished and immersed in a selection of six natural and neutral colors.

Tandus Centiva Earns Silver Environmental Certification for Venue


DALTON, GA.—Tandus Centiva, a Tarkett company, recently received NSF/ANSI 332 Silver level certification for its Venue Series luxury vinyl tile product line. The NSF/ANSI 332 certification process evaluates a product’s life cycle, from its inception to its repurposing or recycling.

Kimball Hospitality Names Kourtney Smith President


JASPER, IND.—Kimball International, Inc. announced the promotion and appointment of Kourtney Smith to the position of President for Kimball Hospitality. Smith will assume responsibility for the entire Kimball Hospitality organization, including strategic direction, goals, growth and driving shareowner value.

Attendee Registration Opens for BDNY 2015


CINCINNATI—Attendee registration is underway for Boutique Design New York (BDNY), the award-winning trade fair and conference tailored exclusively to hospitality design professionals. The event will be held November 8 to 9 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Hotel in College Park, Maryland Announces LEED Platinum Certification


COLLEGE PARK, MD.—College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center announces that it has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council—LEED’s highest level of certification. The designation makes College Park Marriott one of just four LEED Platinum U.S. hotels. The hotel’s Platinum certification follows the completion of an extensive multi-year renovation of meeting and event space, guestrooms and public areas that emphasized green building techniques and enhanced eco-friendly practices in daily operations. This new designation highlights College Park Marriott’s longstanding commitment to preserving the environment. In 2004, the hotel was North America’s first LEED-certified hotel.

Barry Sternlicht’s SH Group Unveils 1 Hotel Central Park


NEW YORK—SH Group, the hotel brand management arm of Starwood Capital Group, announced the opening of 1 Hotel Central Park. This is the second property for the recently launched 1 Hotels, and the first in New York City. Known for his innovations, Sternlicht developed the brand with goals of truly upending the world of hospitality through a socially and environmentally conscious platform in celebration of the beauty and preservation of nature. A natural haven in the middle of Manhattan, 1 Hotel Central Park stands one block south from New York City’s largest green space, at the corner of 58th Street and Sixth Avenue. A true homage to Central Park with its ivy-covered facade, the hotel offers respite from busy New York life for visitors and the community. “1 Hotels started from a simple belief: those who travel the world, care about it,” said SH Group CEO and Chairman Barry Sternlicht.

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