Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Global Headquarters Earns Highest Environmental Certification
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.’s (NYSE:HOT) aggressive environmental goals and design-led approach earned the company’s global headquarters the highest LEED certification available. Home to more than 1,200 Starwood associates representing nearly every global function, One StarPoint is the only building in Stamford, Conn., to achieve this level of LEED certification.
“We made a long-term investment in Stamford when we moved our global headquarters here and our extensive work for LEED certification is one way we continue to create a healthy and environmentally conscious work environment, which helps with retention, reduces energy consumption, and creates a more pleasant working experience,” said Ken Siegel, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and head of Global Citizenship at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. “We’re proud of the dedication it took to achieve this certification – after more than five years – and proud of our associates’ commitment to the Harbor Point community.”
Kicked off in 2009, architects, designers, and Starwood’s internal Global Citizenship team invested tens of thousands of hours to earn LEED Platinum from the US Green Building Council for an existing building. Their choices for a more environmental and healthy environment also reflect a financial commitment of approximately two to four percent more than standard building costs.
Designed by renowned firm HOK, the bright workplace has an open floor plan that encourages collaborative interactions and allows for ample natural light. The space is in line with Starwood’s design-led approach and reflects the company’s commitment to sustainability, which is further expressed by its aggressive goals to cut energy use by 30 percent, water use by 20 percent, and carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2020 at all of its hotels globally.
Among the LEED Platinum decisions:
- In addition to large windows and glass-walled offices and doors, the designers placed most offices in the middle of the floor with glass walls and doors so all associates have natural light.
- A limited number of offices are on the exterior walls and all of them have glass walls and doors to ensure views and light for all associates.
- The building uses daylight harvesting which automatically dims lights when it’s bright outside.
- Starwood maximized all of the points available for water reduction by completely renovating the bathrooms and installing waterless urinals, low-flow faucets and fixtures, and dual flush toilets.
- The architects and builders used low to no VOC materials.
- The building has an air filter to make sure contaminants from the external air are filtered for the employees working inside.
- Centralized printing stations reduced the number of printers on each floor, cut paper and ink waste, and have the additional benefit of getting people up and moving as well as interacting.
- The company added full-scale recycling in its pantries as well as adding dishes and dishwashers on each floor to cut down on disposable plates and flatware.
- During construction, Starwood sourced many materials locally to reduce excessive transportation of materials.
- Starwood recycled 85 percent of its construction materials, keeping the discarded materials out of landfills.
The company will continue to make environmental sustainability improvements beyond this certification including more LED lighting and launching a property energy management system, which will allow for real-time changes to reduce electricity bills and energy consumption.
Last summer, Starwood signed a new 430,000-square-foot, 20-year lease for its expanded global headquarters at One StarPoint in Harbor Point, renewing and significantly growing the company’s long-term commitment to Stamford and the State of Connecticut. Starwood first moved to Stamford in 2012 and occupied about 290,000 square feet of the building.
About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,200 properties in nearly 100 countries and over 180,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis(R), The Luxury Collection(R), W(R), Westin(R), Le M’eridien(R), Sheraton(R), Four Points(R) by Sheraton, Aloft(R), and Element(R). The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG(R)), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.
The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. Every day, more than 1.85 million square feet of space is certified using LEED. More than 68,600 commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising 12.4 billion square feet of construction space in over 150 countries and territories. In addition, more than 71,400 residential units have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system. Learn more at usgbc.org/LEED.
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