Starwood Hotels Achieves a Green First in Stamford, Conn.
- Feb 09, 2015
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. has made it a habit of thinking green for years and now its commitment to sustainability has brought the global hotel and leisure company a top accolade.
Starwood Hotels’ global headquarters at One StarPoint in Stamford, Conn., recently achieved LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, making the 430,000-square-foot tower the very first commercial property in Stamford to attain USGBC’s highest level of accreditation.
“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.”
A two-tower property carrying the address of 333 Ludlow within the mixed-use Harbor Point, waterfront development, One StarPoint was constructed in 1989 and comprehensively redeveloped in 2011. Starwood has called the property home base since 2012, when it moved into 290,000 square feet. And in 2014, the company reaffirmed its allegiance to One StarPoint by inking an expanded 430,000-square-foot lease with landlord Building and Land Technology. However, the greening of One StarPoint actually got underway in 2009, when Starwood, through its Global Citizenship initiative, began working with architects, designers and the like to strive for USGBC’s top certification at One StarPoint.
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.”
Some of the green features at One StarPoint that ultimately resulted in LEED Platinum certification include daylight harvesting, which dims the lights when the sun is bright enough to do the job; water-reduction efforts through low-flow faucets, dual flush toilets and the like in the bathrooms; and full-scale recycling in the pantries. Additionally, the company recycled 85 percent of its construction materials.
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.”
Starwood Hotels’ headquarters serves as just one example of the company’s commitment to sustainability. Through its Global Citizenship program, it has set a goal of 30 percent reduction in energy consumption and 20 percent water reduction at its owned, managed and franchise properties around the world by 2020. But it all happens one property at a time, and the company’s LEED Platinum headquarters may very well serve as an inspiration to others in the industry. “At Starwood, we give our customers, associates, and communities a better way to experience the world, and if our work for LEED Platinum status encourages other companies to follow we would be pleased.”
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