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CHARLESTON, S.C.—AM Conservation Group, Inc. (AMCG) announced that Michael Quinn has been named the company’s President and CEO. Quinn assumes this role from Todd Recknagel, AMCG’s current CEO, who will remain on the AMCG’s Board of Directors. Under Recknagel’s leadership, AMCG completed three acquisitions and achieved significant growth, positioning the company for its recent acquisition by Kohlberg & Co.
MORRIS, CONN.—Winvian Farm, the award-winning AAA Five-Diamond resort and restaurant, and New England's only property with an organic working farm, has teamed up with Tesla Motors to provide an increasingly desirable, sustainable amenity: Tesla Destination Charging. Featuring two Tesla 100 AMP charging stations, along with one 40 AMP universal electric vehicle charger, guests can charge their vehicles while on property.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Plaza Suites Hotel Silicon Valley at Santa Clara has chosen SemaConnect as their electric vehicle charging station vendor for the installation of a brand new amenity to their property. Two stations will now be located in the parking garage of the hotel, located in the Santa Clara area of Silicon Valley, Calif. The stations will add to the hotel’s focus on providing sustainable resources to their guests, as well as targeting the many electric vehicle drivers in the area.
NEW YORK—Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the seventh signature proposal of his 2016 agenda: dramatically expand and improve the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to stimulate the regional economy. The proposal will expand the Javits Center by 1.2 million square feet, resulting in a fivefold increase in meeting and ballroom space, including the largest ballroom in the Northeast. A four-level, 480,000 square-foot truck garage capable of housing hundreds of tractor-trailers at one time will also be constructed to improve pedestrian safety and local traffic flow. The proposal’s total projected cost is approximately $1 billion, paid for by the Javits Center within existing resources. The proposal includes the installation of a 34,000 square-foot solar energy array, the largest of its kind on a public building in New York State. As a part of the expansion project, the Javits Center will seek LEED Platinum certification. This complements the improvements of a previous renovation completed in 2014 that included a new façade and flooring; mechanical, technology and sustainability systems; and a 6.75-acre green roof.
As energy costs continue to rise and building codes become more rigorous, lodging facility professionals are searching for higher-performing building envelope assemblies. One such system, structural insulated panels (SIPS), helps reduce energy consumption up to 60 percent compared to other structural systems, while providing a host of other construction and operations benefits. SIPs are a prefabricated, engineered building system typically used for walls and roofs. They are composed of structural-grade wood panels such as oriented strand board (OSB) laminated to both sides of a rigid insulating foam core like expanded polystyrene (EPS). The system provides both structural strength and thermal insulation. Architects can incorporate SIPs into virtually any building design up to four stories tall, from modern to rustic, making them well suited for lodges, motels and other lodging facilities in both urban and rural settings.
VERNON HILLS, ILL.—Scotsman Ice Systems’ Meridian HID525 ice and water dispenser has received a 2015 GOOD DESIGN award, the world’s most prestigious, recognized and oldest Design Awards program organized by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. Designed with space, production and installation in mind, the Meridian unit offers premium reliability, time-saving serviceability and convenient cleaning innovations.
FRANCONIA, N.H.—The Gale River Motel, located in Franconia, N.H., has completed the installation of a photovoltaic roof-top array which will provide energy to satisfy the year-round electrical demand of the property. The 52-panel system has a peak power of 13.8 kW and is expected to produce a yearly total of 15,220 kW. The system will be directly wired into the power grid by means of an AC inverter that will allow electricity to flow to and from the power grid as necessary. During periods when the energy produced exceeds the demand of the motel, power will flow into the grid causing the motel’s electric meter to run in reverse effectively crediting kilowatts to the motel. As demand surpasses production, during cloudy days, or evening hours the electric meter will draw kilowatts from the grid using up any electrical credits that have accrued. The generation and consumption of electricity has been designed to produce a “net-zero” effect, where over the course of the year, electricity produced will equal the electricity consumed.
NEW YORK—With hotels filled to capacity as families celebrate the holiday season and new year in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that 16 major hotels are joining the NYC Carbon Challenge, another significant expansion of the partnership between the City and private and institutional sector leaders who have committed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from their buildings by 30 percent or more in the next 10 years. This expansion marks a major commitment by the city’s hotels to help New York City reach its goal of dramatically reducing emissions from buildings, part of Mayor de Blasio’s plan to reduce all citywide GHG emissions 80 percent by 2050. The expansion of the NYC Carbon Challenge to these 16 hotels is projected to reduce citywide GHG emissions by an additional 32,000 metric tons and result in an estimated $25 million in energy cost savings. “Whether we’re talking about universities, hospitals, and offices, or large apartment buildings and hotels, all of New York City has a stake in our fight against climate change,” said Mayor de Blasio.
LAS VEGAS—The city of Las Vegas and NV Energy announced a new partnership that has potential to take the city to a new level of environmental sustainability by becoming a leader in renewable energy. Upon approval of a filing to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada and ratification by the Las Vegas City Council, this partnership will dedicate to city operations a portion of energy produced by a local solar facility that is currently in development. The energy dedicated from this solar facility, coupled with the power the city receives from NV Energy that already satisfies Nevada’s renewable portfolio standard, will allow the city of Las Vegas’ retail load to be served 100 percent by renewable energy. In partnership with NV Energy, every streetlight, city park, community center, fire station, service yard and public building owned by the city will be 100 percent powered by renewable energy. “This partnership is going to be a sustainability game changer for our city,” said Las Vegas Mayor, Carolyn G. Goodman.
NEWBURGH, N.Y.—Hudson Valley Lighting, manufacturer of art-inspired classic, contemporary and transitional lighting fixtures for more than 20 years, has purchased a site that will serve as the company’s new world headquarters in Hudson Valley’s Wappingers Falls, New York in Dutchess County. This was announced by David Littman, Founder and President of Hudson Valley Lighting and Chairman of Littman Brands, a family of decorative and architectural lighting brands that include Hudson Valley Lighting, Corbett Lighting, Troy Lighting and CSL (Creative Systems Lighting).
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