U.S. Green Building Council Features HOK-Designed LEED Hotels
The USGBC reports a rise in the demand for sustainable hospitality developments. Travelers can find environmentally friendly accommodations in the HOK-designed Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C., and the Clark and Grand Hotels complex in Chicago.
“This project sought to provide an aesthetically pleasing, comfortable, and energy-efficient guest experience. Towards that end, natural light fills much of the public space. This not only looks great, it also helps cut related energy costs by 25 percent. All heating and cooling equipment is contemporary, with free cooling and heat recovery features. 100 percent of the irrigation is provided with captured rain and ground water. In fact, water consumption is now 10 percent less than similarly sized properties.”
“The HOK design team’s primary goal was creating a sustainable five-star guest experience for this three-brand hotel complex. It was addressed with LED lighting, low-VOC finishes and furnishings, low-flow fixtures and plumbing, and a comprehensive recycling program. A green cleaning program further improved the hotel’s indoor air quality. Extensive energy savings were realized through the insulating properties of a 16,000 square foot green roof. The roof’s mix of native and adaptive species eliminated the need for irrigation, while also helping to mitigate the urban heat island effect, stormwater runoff and greenhouse gas emissions. The project also benefited from LEED-related incentives offered by the City of Chicago.”