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Hotel Marcel—An Important Project to Watch in the New Year

Glenn Hasek

In next week’s column I will be highlighting the 10 most read Green Lodging News articles of 2020. It will be interesting to see how many had to do with COVID-19.

While the article I just posted on Hotel Marcel may not make it because of its posting late in the year, it certainly deserves consideration as one of the most important hotel stories of both this year and 2021. Be sure to read the article.

Hotel Marcel is the project of architect Bruce Becker, Founder and Director of Becker + Becker, Westport, Conn. Becker purchased the New Haven, Conn. building being converted to Hotel Marcel last year. The 165-room boutique property, which Becker expects to be completed next summer, is a true recycling effort. The former Armstrong Rubber Company Building, aka Pirelli Building, originally designed by Marcel Breuer in 1967, has sat vacant for about 20 years and is requiring some major upgrades including asbestos removal.

Once open, the hotel will be a net-zero hotel with more than 1,000 solar panels on three parking canopies and the building’s rooftop. Becker is pursuing LEED Platinum certification—a rarity for a hotel in the United States and anywhere for that matter—and Passive House certification. Hotel Marcel will be the first Passive House certified hotel in the United States. The program is run by the Passive House Institute US, Inc. (PHIUS). Becker described the certification as a new standard on the cutting edge, simpler than LEED, and focused on the envelope of the building. According to PHIUS, buildings that meet the PHIUS+ standard use 40 to 60 percent less energy for space conditioning than conventional buildings. Hotel Marcel will use 20 percent the electricity of a comparable hotel its size.

Focus on Energy Efficiency

Aside from the solar, many additions to the building will result in superior energy efficiency: triple-glazed windows, new insulation, an energy recovery system, and high-efficiency VRF air-source heat pumps, LED lighting, and all lighting will use low-voltage power-over-ethernet (POE) technology.

“We have designed the building with good ventilation,” Becker says. “Every guestroom has 100 percent outdoor air coming into it. Merv13 air filters will be used. The restaurant will have an all-electric kitchen. “The chefs will be able to produce food more sustainably,” Becker adds. “Ventilation hoods will use a lot less energy.”

Chesapeake Hospitality will manage the property and helped select the Hilton Tapestry brand for it. “It was important to have a good operator and brand,” Becker says. The LEED Platinum Hotel Skyler in Syracuse, N.Y., written about several times on Green Lodging News, is also part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton.

Becker believes there should be more hotels in the United States like the Hotel Marcel. “There’s something wrong with the hotel industry,” he says. “There are a lot of hotels in the U.S. and I am all alone doing this and that is shocking for me. It will be a trend moving forward.”

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