The second LEED Gold hotel in Arlington focuses on improved atmospheric comfort
ARLINGTON, VA Nov. 22, 2016 — Schupp Companies today announced that it has achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification for its Hyatt Place Courthouse development in Arlington, Virginia.
Schupp pursued LEED as part of its commitment to sustainability with attention to reduced energy and water consumption, and a focus on optimal air quality to enhance the guest experience.
Located at 2401 Wilson Blvd., the new Hyatt Place Arlington Courthouse is situated in close proximity to the metro, allowing for community connectivity. At 93,000 square feet, the hotel features approximately 1,200 square feet of street-level retail space, including a bar and café on the first floor.
Notably, the project achieved numerous LEED points for its indoor environmental quality, further demonstrating Schupp’s commitment to hotel guest and staff health. For example, outdoor air is delivered to densely occupied spaces to improve air quality, and promote alertness and vitality in conference and meeting rooms. Materials, including low emitting paints, coatings, sealants, adhesives and flooring, also play a large factor in the building’s excellent air quality.
Nearly 14 percent of the total building materials content, by value, has been manufactured using recycled materials; and more than 23 percent were manufactured and extracted within 500 miles of the project site. Additionally, the project diverted 93 percent of the on-site generated construction waste from landfills.
“Schupp Companies understands the benefit and necessity of sustainability and design and construction,” said Ray Schupp, owner of Schupp Companies. “The LEED Gold milestone of Hyatt Place Courthouse represents Schupp’s commitment to sustainability now and for future projects.”
Paladino and Company, a leading green building and sustainability consulting firm, partnered with Gordon & Greenberg Architecture to manage the project’s LEED certification. Sustainability achievements, including reduced potable water use by 39 percent and energy cost savings of over 22 percent, were met through strategic sustainability integration specifically aligned to its LEED target goals.
“LEED is a transformative tool that ensures a building is designed and operating to achieve high performance in key areas of human and environmental health while enhancing the triple bottom line – people, planet and profit,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “By prioritizing sustainability, Hyatt Place Courthouse and the project team is leading the way in the hospitality industry and helping USGBC continue toward our vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation.”
To reduce energy consumption, Gordon & Greenberg limited the need for artificial lighting by prioritizing access to natural lighting, supported by the use of energy efficient fixtures, LED bulbs, and occupancy sensors. Guest comfort is improved throughout the building as nearly 96 percent of regularly occupied space will feature direct views of downtown Arlington, and daylighting.
Schupp Companies will share the project’s energy and water data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager with a goal of ENERGY STAR Certification. Hotel units comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s advanced lighting package, and appliances installed in the project have earned the ENERGY STAR label. A vegetated roof manages stormwater and does not require irrigation, supporting water use reduction.
“Bravo to Schupp for embracing the connection between sustainability and guest experience,” said Tom Paladino, CEO of Paladino and Company. “The guest experience is the number one driver of business performance in hospitality, and by delivering improved air quality, abundant daylighting, and conscious, sustainable materials, the Hyatt Place Courthouse is investing in its own growth and success.”
The hotel, which broke ground in January 2015, opened in August of 2016.