Mason Inn First LEED Gold Hotel in Virginia
Posted: February 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm, Last Updated: February 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm
The Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel has been awarded LEED Gold certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, developer Concord Eastridge announced.
This is the first LEED Gold-certified hotel in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the first LEED Gold-certified building at George Mason University.
“As Mason works to achieve ambitious sustainability goals, a LEED Gold-certified conference center and hotel makes a strong statement about how serious we are in these efforts,” says Christine LaPaille, vice president for University Relations.
“We believe there is significant appeal among businesses and organizations with similar sustainability commitments to bring their meetings and conferences to a green building like the Mason Inn.”
The Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel achieved the certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies.
By using less energy and water, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council.
“The Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”
LEED Gold certification of The Mason Inn was based on a number of environmentally conscious design and construction features that positively impact the project itself, as well as the Northern Virginia community. These features include:
- An improved thermal building “envelope”; high-efficiency glazing on windows and doors; and high-efficiency water-source heat pumps that result in energy cost savings of 15.4 percent.
- Nearly 90 percent of the on-site construction waste was diverted from landfills to recycling agencies, and more than 30 percent of the total building materials were manufactured using recycled materials.
- Several green housekeeping initiatives, such as using effective and sustainable cleaning materials, having a comprehensive recycling program and training staff about environmentally friendly best practices on an ongoing basis.
Concord Eastridge, a national real estate development firm, partnered with Balfour Beatty Construction, Gensler Architecture and Aramark Higher Education to develop the project through an award under the Virginia Public Private Education Act.
The Mason Inn is a 179,000-square-foot conference center and hotel on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. The $50 million facility, which opened in July 2010, includes 148 guest rooms, a full-service restaurant and a lounge. It also features 20,000 square feet of technologically advanced conference space and 12 meeting rooms that meet the stringent standards of the International Association of Conference Centers.
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