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Aug. 12, 2011

A ‘Greener’ South Florida with New Hampton Inn and FAU Building

By Georgiana Mihaila, Associate Editor

South Florida is about to get much greener, as Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Brickell-Downtown, slated for opening next month, set its sights on becoming Miami’s first LEED Certified hotel and the third LEED Certified Hampton worldwide.

Developed by Hospitality Operations Inc., the new 15-story mid-range hotel will feature a modern, upscale interior design, with an amenity package that includes a rooftop pool, a full-service bar and an exercise room. In addition to the 221 hotel rooms, the Hampton Inn & Suites also features 10,000 square feet of street-level retail space, 3,500 square feet of meeting space and a 210-space parking garage.

The project is registered for LEED Silver certification and is equipped with a 35,000-gallon cistern to collect rainwater for irrigation purposes, low-flow water fixtures, charging stations for electric cars and an Ozone laundry system designed to reduce the consumption of water, energy and chemicals. Other sustainable elements include an in-room energy management system that will power down the air conditioning system when guests are not in their rooms, occupancy sensors to control lights in public places and work areas, and biodegradable recycled plastic room key cards.

This follows an announcement by Florida Atlantic University that celebrates its achieving LEED Platinum certification for its recently completed College of Engineering and Computer Science Building in Boca Raton, Fla.. The new 97,000-square-foot, five-story facility showcases some unique engineering and cutting-edge technologies, including:

- Chilled beam technology, which substantially reduces energy use by mechanical systems.
- Temperature control systems. Geothermal wells capture heat from groundwater to reheat the fresh air in the dedicated outside air unit.
- Lighting control systems—facilitated by the building’s orientation.
- Solar-based hot water system that captures heat from the sun in order to supply hot water in the building.

Many other sustainable features have been implemented, turning the building into an environmentally efficient place for the FAU students, faculty and staff.

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