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Save A Sample Expands to Canada

7/20/2016

NEW YORK—Save A Sample!’s annual industry recycling drive is coming to Canada. Save A Sample!, a nonprofit recycling drive, makes it easy for designers to donate materials and samples to local design students. Save A Sample! takes place each year throughout the United States, saving tons of materials from the landfill. This year Save A Sample! expands its sustainable mission to Canada.


Skamania Lodge Planning Two Tree Houses

7/20/2016

STEVENSON, WASH.—Skamania Lodge, A Destination Hotel, recently broke ground on its Columbia Gorge resort property to build two luxuriously customized tree houses, designed by MG2, which are scheduled to be open to guests later this summer. The tree houses are cozy, secluded, elevated rooms that sleep up to four guests, with modern amenities, overlooking Skamania Lodge’s lush forest and the Columbia River. Each tree house offers a large outdoor deck, an indoor/outdoor fireplace, a bathroom, one king size bed and easy access via an attached staircase.


Fibrex Group Introduces Solar Smart Bench

7/12/2016

SUFFOLK, VA.—The Fibrex Group introduces the Steora Smart Bench. It is available in the United States and is the result of a business partnership with Include. Steora was invented by Ivan Mrvos of Include j.d.o.o in the Republic of Croatia. Steora Smart Bench’s unique design provides self-sustaining green solar energy to power a large suite of applications such as cell phone charging, WiFi Hot-Spot Internet connection, area LED lighting, sensor data gathering capabilities and temperature control. It even has a built-in cooling fan system to keep the seating area below 80F on hot days.


Carlson Rezidor Joins with IFC to Promote Green Buildings

7/12/2016

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM—Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group announce its partnership with IFC, a member of the World Bank Group that focuses on private sector development, to promote the design and construction of green buildings in emerging markets. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Accra Airport is the first hotel in Africa to receive IFC’s EDGE green building certification. CDC Group, the U.K. development finance institution, is a major investor in the larger real estate development where this hotel is located, and was the main promotor of achieving the certification.


Hilton Worldwide Announces its First Property in Belize

7/3/2016

SAN PEDRO, BELIZE—Hilton Worldwide announced the signing of the new Resort at Mahogany Bay Village to Curio – A Collection by Hilton. When open, The Resort at Mahogany Bay Village, Curio Collection by Hilton will be the first Hilton Worldwide property in Belize, as well as the first luxury resort from a global brand in the country. The rustic-chic resort destination is located in San Pedro, Belize on Ambergris Caye, about 15 miles from the mainland and 10 minutes from the San Pedro Airport. With 205 cottage and villa-style rooms, the resort sits on a 60-acre property featuring private residences, bay and beach clubs, a spa, meeting space and “The Village,” a vibrant public space. “The opportunity to develop The Resort at Mahogany Bay Village came at an opportune time and with a well-matched partner,” said Juan Corvinos, Managing Director, Development, Central America, Andean and Hispanic Caribbean regions, Hilton Worldwide. “Paired with Mahogany Bay’s hospitality expertise, eco-friendly practices and focus on supporting the local community, our first Hilton Worldwide property in Belize will elevate accommodation offerings in the country.”


Long-Vacant Salvation Army Building Reborn as The Asbury in Asbury Park

7/3/2016

ASBURY PARK, N.J.—A lawn with a white picket fence isn’t standard at hotels—especially on the roof overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. But The Asbury, which opened Memorial Day weekend, is the opposite of standard. An exuberant reimagining of the classic beach hotel, The Asbury feels like Asbury Park itself—spontaneous, original, and surprising, with rock ‘n’ roll energy. The Asbury’s opening marks the next chapter in Asbury Park’s rebirth. The first new hotel in Asbury Park in more than 50 years, the 110-room property is part of the multi-billion-dollar redevelopment plan by Master Developer iStar, a ten year proposal that is being hailed as one of the most significant and ambitious redevelopment plans on the Eastern Seaboard. To transform a long-vacant Salvation Army building into The Asbury, iStar tapped two hotel-industry titans. Anda Andrei, iStar’s Creative Director and Design Lead for the entire Asbury Park redevelopment project, is former design director for the Ian Schrager Co. Hotel innovator David Bowd, partner in and operator of the hotel, is celebrated for creating the sought-after boutique Salt Hotels brand.


Kinetex Receives National Floor Safety Institute Certification

7/3/2016

DALTON, GA.—J+J Flooring Group, a leading manufacturer of commercial specified flooring, announced that its Kinetex products received National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) certification as a High-Traction Surface. As a credible third-party certifier, NFSI’s commitment to education, research and the development of standards reinforces J+J’s commitment to safety. A milestone for the Kinetex brand, having high-traction certified products enhances overall safety performance and is an added benefit to its portfolio of product attributes.


Starwood Hotels to Debut Eco-wise Element Brand In Detroit Following Adaptive Re-use Project

6/28/2016

STAMFORD, CONN.—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced Element Hotels, its stylish eco-incubator brand, will debut in Detroit in July of 2018, following an adaptive re-use project that will transform the historic Metropolitan Building into an upscale mixed-use development. Element Detroit at the Metropolitan Building will be owned and developed by Metropolitan Hotel Partners, LLC, a joint venture between Detroit-based Means Group and Roxbury Group, and will feature 110 light-filled rooms and an atmosphere designed to fuel a life in balance and on the move. “We look forward to introducing Element to Detroit with this exciting adaptive re-use project that will retain the historic charm of the Metropolitan Building, while turning it into a sleek and stylish destination for travelers visiting the Motor City,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. “On track to more than double its global portfolio in the next three years, Element offers travelers bright modern design, an energizing atmosphere, and everything they need for smart, sustainable living.”


A New Environment Focused Brand Emerges: The Light Human Hotel

6/23/2016

NEW YORK—The Light Human Hotel, a new eco-friendly brand and concept created by two France-based entrepreneurs—Jean-Pierre Bandeira, CEO of Light Human Hotel and Julien Veyron, Architect and CEO of atelier arcau—will make its first appearance in the United States later this year in Miami. That 80-room hotel on Collins Ave. will be the first of now eight Light Human Hotel properties to open. Additional hotels are planned in the next few years for Miami, San Antonio, Los Angeles, New York, Sao Paulo, Antibes, Rio de Janeiro and London. Bandeira says Light Human Hotels will go beyond LEED in regard to building health and efficiency. Designed for both new construction and retrofits, Light Human Hotels will offer electric vehicle charging stations, optional housekeeping in some cases, farm to table restaurants, fitness centers with bicycles that generate electricity, and the integration of “live” plants into exterior building features. “Light Human Hotel is not a generic brand of hotel,” Veyron says. “Our vision is that Light Human Hotels are shaped for people to live, to share, to work and to have fun together.”


U.S. Green Building Council Announces New LEED Pilot Credit

6/6/2016

WASHINGTON, D.C—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced a new LEED pilot credit—Building Material Human Hazard & Exposure Assessment, which encourages project teams and manufacturers to assess human health related exposure scenarios for products during their installation and use phases.


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