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Roosevelt Hotel Chooses Coverings ETC’s Eco-Terr Terrazo


MIAMI—Eco-Terr terrazzo in “Murano White” is featured in the recently renovated Roosevelt Hotel in Miami Beach. Interior designer Martin Brudnizki chose Eco-Terr to help preserve the Art Deco architecture and design of the historic 388 room hotel set to open later this year. To meet with Brudnizki’s design, Coverings ETC produced custom sizes of Murano White, which is featured throughout the guest bathrooms.

Crypton Introduces C Zero, a New Fabric Protector


BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH.—Crypton recently introduced C Zero, the latest weapon in the company’s arsenal of performance fabric solutions. C Zero is a new category of performance enhancements, one without the use of fluorinated chemistry, thereby having a minimal impact on the environment.

Hostelling International Boston is City’s First LEED Certified Accommodation


BOSTON—Upon receiving its recent LEED Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Hostelling International Boston (HI-Boston) became the City of Boston’s first accommodation provider to achieve LEED certification. Since its opening in June 2012, this repurposed historic building at the cross section of Chinatown, Downtown Crossing, and the Theater District has since welcomed more than 200,000 travelers from more than 85 countries. “HI-Boston is raising the bar for the hospitality industry in Boston,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “The city is attracting more and more young people, and I’m thrilled that HI-USA is providing green accommodations for our visitors.” Constructed in the historic Dill Building (1886-1888), the project is an example of historic reuse. Reclaimed materials were used throughout the space, including stairwell floor joists turned into tables. Furniture in the kitchen and dining space include chairs made from recycled Coca Cola bottles and recycled aluminum tables. Facility and operational efforts include LED lights and automatic timers, low-flow faucets and toilets, and Energy star appliances.

ARIA Resort & Casino to Host Second Annual Lodging Green & Sustainability Conference & Expo


LAS VEGAS—ARIA Resort & Casino, LEED Gold and Green Key certified, as well as a TripAdvisor GreenLeader at the Platinum level, will be the site of this fall’s second annual Lodging Green & Sustainability Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. The LODGING Magazine event, with the support of EcoGreen Energy Solutions, will take place October 28 to 30. “This year we anticipate doubling the size of our event in both attendance and exhibit area,” says LODGING magazine Publisher Bill Corsini, who will once again host this annual event. “While still relatively small in only our second year, the conference will again attract the best and the brightest among sustainability experts and professionals in the hotel space. We at LODGING Media are extremely excited by how well the conference was received by all participants last year, and everyone agrees the anticipation for this year is off the charts.” The three-day conference and expo will kick off on Tuesday, October 28 with a tour of ARIA, part of the CityCenter complex.

Tandus Centiva Launches Venue LVT Series


DALTON, GA.—Tandus Centiva introduces its new Venue series. Made in the United States, Venue redefines luxury vinyl tile by combining outstanding design, competitive pricing and quick delivery. There are 58 products deigned to coordinate with Tandus Centiva soft surface and LVT lines.

Suppliers Look to Barns, Riverbeds, Other Unique Places to Source Wood for Reclaimed Products


NATIONAL REPORT—When the NoMad Hotel opened in New York City in 2012, it did so with reclaimed wood flooring in its guestrooms. When the Grain Tasting Bar opened late that same year at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver in British Columbia, it featured doors made from reclaimed wood. When the Heritage Cabins at Pine Bungalows in Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada were completed this year, the knotty pine tongue-in-groove wood installed in the original Pine Bungalows cabins in the 1960s and 1970s was utilized. Reclaimed wood is increasingly being specified and used in lodgings of all types, whether in flooring, doors, mantels, paneling, menu covers, or other fixtures or accessories. The motives for using reclaimed wood are many. Environmentally, wood taken from existing structures or even river bottoms can have many advantages. Virgin or farmed forests are not cut down and wood is diverted from the landfill. The more local the sourcing, the greater the environmental upside. For the owner of the structure, there are cost savings from not having to dispose of the wood.

ECOS Paints Earns ‘Declare’ Label


SPARTANBURG, S.C.—ECOS Paints, producer of a wide range of eco-friendly, non-toxic paints and finishes for both interior and exterior applications from wall and trim paints to stains and varnishes, announced it is the first paint company to be listed in the Declare database; a platform of the Living Building Challenge, which is widely accepted to be the most advanced green building standard in the world.

ForrestPerkins Announces Staff Changes in San Francisco


DALLAS—ForrestPerkins announced that Bree Dahl, Vice President, will lead its San Francisco office, previously led by Cliff Tuttle, who recently passed away. San Francisco is a key strategic location for ForrestPerkins, with a focus on high design.

Wyndham Honored for Outstanding Building by BOMA


PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Wyndham Worldwide, one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, took home international top honors, receiving The Outstanding Building of the Year Award (TOBY) at the Building Owners and Managers Association International’s (BOMA) annual conference this week. The recognition is for its corporate headquarters building in Parsippany, N.J. TOBY Awards honor outstanding office buildings for excellence in building management, operational efficiency, emergency planning, tenant relations and community impact. Wyndham was honored for its achievements in the Corporate Facility category. To win an International TOBY Award, a property must first win both the local and regional competitions. Wyndham Worldwide won its first TOBY at the New Jersey state competition last fall and its second at the Middle Atlantic Regional competition in April. “A tremendous amount of thoughtful planning goes into the operation of our headquarters building,” said Frank Campana, Senior Vice President, Corporate Real Estate and Facilities, Wyndham Worldwide. “We consider everything when it comes to associate productivity and sustainable practices.”

NSF Sustainability Certifies Interface Products


ANN ARBOR, MICH.—NSF Sustainability, a division of global public health organization NSF International, has certified global carpet tile manufacturer Interface’s GlasBac, GlasBac RE and CushionBac products to NSF/ANSI 140: Sustainability Assessment for Carpet. These products are manufactured at the company’s facility in Jiangsu Province, China, the first manufacturing plant in China to produce more sustainable carpet products certified by NSF International.

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