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12 February 2015

Starwood Hotels’ Headquarters Achieves LEED Platinum

Starwood Hotels' Stamford, Conn. headquarters is the city's first commercial property to attain LEED Platinum.

The headquarters of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. is the first commercial property in Stamford, Conn., to attain LEED Platinum.

HOK designed the bright workplace with an open floor plan that encourages collaborative interactions and allows for ample natural light. The headquarters represents Starwood’s design-led approach to environmental responsibility.

“‘As we have associates, owners, partners, and other stakeholders through our headquarters every day, our home office needed to reflect the values of our company and our commitment to sustainability,’ Andrea Pinabell, vice president of sustainability with Starwood Hotels, told Commercial Property Executive. ‘That is why you may not see all of the integrated sustainable design as you enter, but it is reflected throughout from lighting to material selection to airflow and operational efficiency. At Starwood, sustainability is just how we do business.’”

“Going platinum is not easy, but ultimately it certainly has its rewards, even beyond the social responsibility aspect. ‘Achieving LEED Platinum status did take time and we incurred up-front costs, but in the long-term we’re more than recouping the expense through energy, water, carbon, and waste reduction,’ Pinabell said. ‘In addition, several published studies show that having healthy, collaborative and sustainable work spaces not only helps to recruit employees but also increases retention and reduces missed work days.’”

HOK's interiors and facility programming groups provided Starwood Hotels a sustainable workplace representative of the companies' values.

HOK designed a sustainable workplace that promotes Starwood’s values.

“And the layout of the HOK-designed workplace earned green points–with USGBC and employees–as well. Pinabell said, ‘The space was rethought and redesigned in a way that creates open space so that every associate has natural light and outside views. This is not only environmentally friendly and cost efficient from an energy perspective but it also creates a more enjoyable and collaborative workspace.’”

Commercial Property Executive