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SAN FRANCISCO—Smith & Fong Co., manufacturer of Plyboo bamboo architectural plywood and flooring products, announced the expansion of its successful Stiletto, strand flooring line with four new colors and an extended range of custom trim molding options, according to company founder Dan Smith.
ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added JVA Art Group to its Green Product & Service Directory in the “Artwork” category. JVA Art Group is a global art design firm dedicated to creating environmentally respectful art programs in hotel properties for the pleasure of their guests. The company produces artwork from its 600,000 photographs worldwide utilizing reclaimed wood and recycled paper. JVA Art Group helps clients tell their stories by embedding art into architecture and interiors to create artistic environments.
PACIFIC GROVE, CALIF.—Domaine Hospitality Partners, LLC, and representatives from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Foursome Development Co., and the City of Pacific Grove, Calif., announced the launch of Project Bella at a press conference in Pacific Grove. Developed by Domaine Hospitality Partners, Project Bella will be located across the street from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station at the site of the American Tin Cannery, at the end of historic Cannery Row. Now in planning with world-renowned architect Mark Hornberger of Hornberger+Worstell, Project Bella aims to be one of the leading luxury hotels in the United States. Speaking from the future site of the sustainability-focused hotel, Founder and Executive Director Julie Packard of the Monterey Bay Aquarium spoke of how Project Bella intersects with the aquarium’s mission: “We all look out over one of the world’s great ocean stories. Economic boom built on extracting the ocean’s resources can now be converted and transformed into a new story of something more sustainable for humans and animals for the long term.”
ADVANCE, N.C.—Beaufurn, the manufacturer of fashion-forward, functional designs, announced that it is introducing the Mesa Seating Collection. Resequencing the DNA of mid-century modern, this collection radiates its inspiration while leaping into the next generation of practical performance furniture. The generous proportions of the chairs and sofas make them particularly appropriate for corporate offices, lobbies, country clubs, Wi-Fi friendly coffeehouses, and university libraries and student unions.
STAMFORD, CONN.—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. together with Atlantic Hotels Group and Civitas Capital Group announced plans for a 224-room dual-branded Aloft and Element hotel development in the fast-growing Love Field district in Dallas. Scheduled to open in December of 2016, Aloft Dallas Love Field and Element Dallas Love Field will anchor a new mixed-use development just one mile from Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL) and the Dallas Medical District. “Aloft and Element will bring new energy to the Dallas Love Field lodging market by offering travelers the choice of two distinct lifestyle brands in close proximity to the airport, the central business district and leading attractions,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. “An industry leader in the eco-space, Element fuels a life of balance with its emphasis on wellness and sustainability, while Aloft is designed to meet the needs of the evolving global traveler with its unique design aesthetic and live music scene at the W XYZ Bar.”
ORLANDO, FLA.—The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) has published the sixth edition of Management of Food and Beverage Operations by Jack D. Ninemeier, Ph.D., CHA, CFBE, CHE. This textbook addresses successful management and operational tactics used in food and beverage operations, how foodservice operations improve quality standards while reducing expenses, and explores ways in which technology can be used to give guests greater value for their dining dollars and improve efficiency.
KALAMAZOO, MICH.—Landscape Forms announced its participation in the Health Product Declaration (HPD) Open Standard, a format for reporting on the material content of building products and the associated health effects. Landscape Forms counts among its clients some of the most forward-looking companies in the world.
BOULDER, COLO.—Sustainable Materials, LLC is introducing Cork Bricks to the United States. A wall décor innovation, Corks Bricks are three-dimensional pieces of the finest natural, renewable cork bark precision cut in three different sizes and variations in thickness. Cork Bricks complement both casual and cosmopolitan décor. Imported from Portugal, Cork Bricks are pre-finished and immersed in a selection of six natural and neutral colors.
DALTON, GA.—Tandus Centiva, a Tarkett company, recently received NSF/ANSI 332 Silver level certification for its Venue Series luxury vinyl tile product line. The NSF/ANSI 332 certification process evaluates a product’s life cycle, from its inception to its repurposing or recycling.
JASPER, IND.—Kimball International, Inc. announced the promotion and appointment of Kourtney Smith to the position of President for Kimball Hospitality. Smith will assume responsibility for the entire Kimball Hospitality organization, including strategic direction, goals, growth and driving shareowner value.
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