Concord Hospitality Enterprises is opening the first LEED-designed Courtyard by Marriott hotel on September 28, 2010.
Located in Settlers Ridge in west suburban Pittsburgh, the state-of-the-art property design – created by Concord with support from Marriott – will be the prototype for all future LEED-compliant Courtyard by Marriott hotels. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a set of standards for environmentally efficient building design and operation developed by the 20,000-member U.S. Green Building Council, which certifies new and renovated buildings under a scale which runs from LEED Platinum (highly compliant) to LEED Certified.
The new design is expected to reduce energy usage at Courtyard hotels by an average of 24 per cent annually and save more than 300,000 gallons of water per year, the equivalent of 21 swimming pools. This improved energy efficiency is expected to produce average annual operating savings of $50,000 at current energy costs, which are expected to accelerate over time, yielding even greater future savings, according to Concord Hospitality.
According to Mark Laport, president and CEO of Concord, the LEED-certified prototype adds approximately $500,000 to the development cost of a Courtyard property. “However, the design produces significant development efficiencies, which effectively reduces that cost to approximately $350,000 and substantially lowers design time, producing a projected payback to owners in approximately six years,” says Laport.
“This is the second prototype concept that we have done with Marriott,” adds Laport. “We worked together creating the fourth-generation prototype of the Springhill Suites by Marriott brand three years ago, which represented a complete re-invention of the brand design. LEED was in its infancy at that time and didn’t play a major role in the design. We already have a second LEED-designed Courtyard under construction in Washington, Pennsylvania, and now will incorporate the appropriate LEED-designed elements into our future Springhill Suites.”
Says Laport: “Being environmentally responsible as a company goes hand in hand with one of our founding cornerstones of supporting our communities. Now that we have successfully worked through all the LEED issues, all of our future ground-up development regardless of brand will be LEED-designed because it is the right thing to do. We already have five additional LEED-designed projects in development.”
Many of the component parts of the Courtyard’s original engineering were revised to create the LEED prototype. According to Concord, among the most notable and cost-effective were:
● A heat recovery energy system that reclaims building exhaust air to pre-heat the building’s fresh air system;
● An energy management system that reduces unnecessary heating and cooling run times when guest rooms are unoccupied;
● Water-saving showers, lavatories, and toilet fixtures;
● Energy-efficient light fixtures; and
● An enhanced building thermal envelope that includes exterior building outsulation and increased glass and glazing U-value. (A U-value is a measure of heat transmission through a building part or a given thickness of a material.)
Located at 5100 Campbells Run Road in west suburban Pittsburgh, the Courtyard Pittsburgh Settlers Ridge/Robinson Township is near Heinz Hall, Post Gazette Pavilion and is convenient to downtown Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh International Airport.
Each of the hotel’s 124 rooms and suites offers complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access, a large desk with ergonomic chair, a 32-inch flat-screen television and Marriott bedding. The property features a fitness center with cardio-vascular equipment, an indoor saline pool, onsite dining at The Bistro, a 24-hour business center and more than 1,200 square feet of meeting space.
Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company, a hotel management and development company based in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, manages more than 75 hotels offering more than 10,000 guest rooms in 20 states and two Canadian providences. The company operates hotels and resorts under brands such as Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Starwood and Choice Hotels, as well as select independent boutique hotels.