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MINNEAPOLIS—IrriGreen, Inc. is releasing the Genius Mobile App for the IrriGreen Genius Irrigation System. Engineered for iOS and Android, the Genius Mobile App enables contractors to manage the IrriGreen system from any Smartphone.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI—The new Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel has checked in its first guests. Among the 200 new Haitian hotel workers who welcomed them were young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and Haitian-Americans who want to share their hospitality skills to help boost Haiti’s tourism economy. The stories of these new associates include Luccardo, who was recruited to work at the hotel’s front desk from the Nos Petits Frères et Soeurs orphanage, and Hermine, who was part of the hotel’s intern program and will be an entry-level supervisor. In addition to members of a Haitian-American executive team, the Haiti Marriott is led by a veteran Marriott general manager who was previously at the Marriott Champs Elysees in Paris. Joined by Haiti President Michel Martelly and former U.S. President Bill Clinton at a celebration ceremony, Digicel Group Chairman and Founder Denis O’Brien and Marriott International President-Caribbean & Latin America Region Craig S. Smith thanked the Kier Construction Company workers, sub-contractors and skilled Haitian construction workers who built the hotel and the Marriott associates who will host its guests.
COARSEGOLD, CALIF.—High Sierra Showerheads announced that all of its 1.8 gpm showerhead models are now WaterSense certified as well as certified to be compliant with the International Plumbing Codes and the following standards: ASME A112.18.1/CSA B125.1-2012.
CHICAGO—When Virgin Group opened its first hotel last month—the 250-room Virgin Hotels Chicago—what was not talked about much in the media was the green story behind the renovated historic Old Dearborn Bank Building at 203 N. Wabash Ave. Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder, and member of the B Team leaders who recently called for a global commitment to net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050, established a hotel brand with the goal of LEED Silver for each hotel. Virgin Hotels Chicago’s green story begins with its site selection. Rather than building new, Virgin Hotels chose a historic bank building and kept many of its features. The facade features rich, ornate designs including medieval characters, dragons, griffins, ducks, squirrels and more. About 80 percent of the building’s original lobby remains. The Oak Cigar Bar in the lobby is now used as the check-in desk where DIY kiosks are placed.
GRANT, MICH.—All the Porous Pave manufactured and installed through December 2014 included a total of about six million pounds of rubber recycled from 200,000 tires. A proven option for green stormwater infrastructure, Porous Pave is a highly porous, durable and flexible surfacing material consisting of recycled rubber, aggregate and a binder. The controlled shredding and processing of discarded tires produces the one-quarter-inch nominal size rubber chips incorporated into Porous Pave.
TRAVELERS REST, S.C.—T&S Brass and Bronze Works has released a new brochure detailing models, features and options for its ChekPoint line of electronic sensor faucets, including new models with above deck electronics that are especially suited for commercial kitchen applications. T&S electronic sensor faucets are made of chrome-plated brass, require no sealants, are ADA-compliant, and boast a wide range of convenient features.
NORTHBROOK, ILL.—UL, a global safety science leader, recently conducted a study to learn where value and return on investment lie in the area of sustainable buildings. The study and its result is available in a free white paper titled, “The Dawn of the Building Performance Era.” The paper wasa written by UL Chief Economist Erin Grossi.
ALPHARETTA, GA.—Hansgrohe has added new shower products—handshowers, showerheads, and shower trims—to its expansive lineup. The Raindance Select E 300 showerhead and the new Croma 160 showerhead can serve as a complement to a handshower or take center stage in the shower. With two showerhead sprays and Hansgrohe’s easy Select button, the Raindance Select E 300 showerhead is fully equipped to be the main shower source in the bath.
TORRANCE, CALIF.—Courtyard Los Angeles Torrance/Palos Verdes is taking its green efforts to the next level with the completion of a landscaping renovation project that will not only save the hotel money but will help take the edge off of California’s severe drought. The unique project brings a low-maintenance, low-water outdoor environment to the hotel in Torrance, Calif. and demonstrates the Courtyard’s commitment to the surrounding community. Flower beds, hedges and turf have been replaced by drought-resistant plants. After a self-audit, the hotel also replaced areas of its irrigation system while adjusting timing and putting in new sprinkler heads. “Our hotel is an excellent representation of Marriott’s Spirit to Preserve program,” said David Zimmerman, General Manager.
TRAVELERS REST, S.C.—T&S Brass and Bronze Works has been singled out as one of the best plants in North America, according to IndustryWeek Magazine. The publication recognized the South Carolina-based commercial foodservice and plumbing manufacturer on January 13 as one of six winners in its 25th annual Best Plants competition.
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