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John Muir Lodge in Kings Canyon’s Grant Grove Village Gets a Fresh, Green Facelift


SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CALIF.—Nestled amongst picturesque forests and meadows and steps from the famed General Grant Tree, John Muir Lodge in Kings Canyon’s Grant Grove Village has been lending itself to unforgettable national park trips for close to two decades. A fixture of countless family getaways and outdoor adventures, the rustic stone-and-timber lodge offers intimate and inviting quarters for guests in all seasons. Now, its welcoming atmosphere is further enhanced and equipped to deliver an authentic national parks experience after a full remodel of the lodge’s 36 rooms. Partnering with local Darden Architects, concessionaire Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts devoted approximately $400,000 to update everything from carpeting, bedding and window treatments to headboards, lounge chairs and fans. In keeping with Delaware North’s GreenPath philosophy, which applies environmentally conscious practices across all facets of business, all furniture, carpeting, fabric and blinds are eco-friendly. Much of the wood furniture is crafted from sustainably sourced hickory saplings that would not be able to grow healthily in nature and would have to be removed.

Renaissance Dallas Opens LEED Silver Certified Event Space


DALLAS—The Renaissance Dallas Hotel last week unveiled new multi-million dollar innovative, modern event and meeting spaces. The Renaissance Dallas’ new 50,000 square feet of meeting and event space includes a 16,000 square foot technologically advanced Grand Ballroom accommodating up to 1,500 guests. The Grand Ballroom space includes modern décor, 24-foot vaulted ceilings, skylight crystal chandeliers, a state-of-the art lighting and sound system with remote controlled screens, and window shades allowing natural light during the day.

USAI Lighting Introduces Color Select Technology


NEW WINDSOR, N.Y.—Long days spent beneath cool electric light and a pervasive addiction to smart devices that often lasts into late nights is throwing off circadian rhythms, disrupting sleep/wake cycles and preventing people from performing at their best. Now more than ever, people need greater awareness about—and control over—the lighting they take for granted. Driven to find a solution to these issues, USAI Lighting has developed Color Select, proprietary technology that shatters the boundaries of LED potential and is the first architectural LED downlighting fixture offering independent control of both color temperature and intensity.

Móz Designs Enhances Architectural Column Cover Production


OAKLAND, CALIF.—Móz Designs has announced new production capabilities and faster turnaround of architectural column covers. State-of-the-art, Móz-exclusive CNC machinery is now in operation and allows for more competitive pricing, greater capacity and quicker lead times. Columns are pre-formed and pre-engineered by Móz for easy, on-site installation.

First Stone Quarry Earns Sustainable Stone Certification


ANN ARBOR, MICH.—NSF Sustainability, a division of global independent public health organization NSF International, has certified TexaStone Quarries to the sustainability assessment standard for stone—ANSI/NSC 373 Sustainable Production of Natural Dimension Stone.

Six Carnegie Patterns Earn USDA Certified Biobased Product Label


NEW YORK—Six patterns of Carnegie’s proprietary high performance Xorel have earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label which verifies that the product’s amount of renewable biobased ingredients meets or exceeds levels set by USDA. Biobased products are finished or intermediate materials composed in whole or in significant part of agricultural, forestry or marine ingredients.

Beaufurn Expands from Lounges to Lodging


ADVANCE, N.C.—From the European-inspired French bistro barstools to the retro Dali seating collection, Beaufurn is established in the commercial furnishings industry as a go-to for stylish and durable seating options. With the ongoing success of their contemporary and transitional professional-grade furnishings, it’s not surprising that the seating star is expanding into lodging with its new Glen collection, which is manufactured at the company’s North Carolina facility.

Hokulani Waikiki Earns LEED Certified Status


HONOLULU—Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club, which opened a year ago in December 2013, has achieved LEED certification as recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The upscale, urban timeshare resort earned the internationally recognized certification for implementing environmentally friendly construction practices and building systems. “Hokulani Waikiki was built and designed with a strong focus on honoring Hawaii’s unique cultural heritage,” said Kim Kreiger, Senior Vice President Club and Resorts for Hilton Grand Vacations. “This certification further demonstrates the importance and responsibility we feel to preserve and respect Oahu’s land and natural resources, which is part of what makes Hawaii so special.” LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a globally recognized green building certification program that provides independent, third party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. To obtain LEED certification, buildings must pass a rigorous checklist of sustainability points that include water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and awareness and education.

BioSurf Launches New Range of Bio-Based Laminates


MONTGOMERY, MINN.—BioSurf announced the launch of BioSurf 2DL Stratus, a line of digitally customizable, sustainable laminates that offer multi-layer, textural imaging capabilities, according to BioSurf President Mike Riebel.

IHMRS Announces Gold Key Awards Winners


NEW YORK—The International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) has announced the winners for the 34th annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design. A record number of entries of over 280 international projects were considered by a team of nine prominent judges for these awards, which recognize outstanding hospitality design worldwide for properties completed or renovated from March 1, 2013 to March 1, 2014.

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