The Hotel at the University of Maryland is located in the heart of College Park, Maryland. The Hotel’s proximity to nearby community services combined with transit access reduces the number of single occupancy vehicle trips to and from the site. Building occupants will have the benefit of being able to walk from The Hotel to nearby retail and essential community services.
The Hotel’s stormwater management strategies also contribute to the project’s sustainability. The site’s landscaping, green roof and micro-bioretention retention are part of a comprehensive stormwater management system that reduces runoff and prevents pollutants from entering nearby streams. Over 95% of the site is treated by bioretention facilities.
In addition, there are more than 20 electric vehicle charging stations in the parking garage. Charging stations are provided to facilitate the use of electric and hybrid electric vehicles.
Energy efficiency has been a priority due to the numerous environmental and economic benefits associated with energy conservation.
The building has been designed with energy efficient chillers and condensing boilers to provide heating and cooling. The chillers are boilers represents a significant energy improvement compared to most HVAC systems.
The Hotel’s energy efficient design is also due to its lighting. LED and fluorescent lighting has been installed throughout the building. In addition, lighting occupancy sensors and other controls are used to further optimize energy performance.
Guest rooms have controls that automatically sense occupancy within the room. When the rooms are unoccupied the room thermostats set-back to more efficient settings. Light fixtures are also automatically turned off when rooms are unoccupied.
The Hotel’s design is projected to be approximately 20% more efficient than the ASHRAE 90.1 energy baseline.
The Hotel reduces water consumption through low-flow plumbing fixtures and water-efficient landscaping. The design team specified water efficient lavatory faucets, toilets, urinals and showerheads. The specified fixtures result in 30% water savings compared to the LEED baseline. This is equivalent to an estimated 2,311,946 gallons of water savings per year.
Furthermore, the building has a rainwater collection and treatment system that reuses rainwater for irrigation. Treated and reused rainwater is projected to meet all of the site’s irrigation needs.
Cooling towers are one of the largest water consumers in buildings. The Hotel’s cooling towers use conductivity controls and have been optimized to improve water efficiency according to LEED criteria. The Hotel’s cooling towers have been set to a maximum of 4 cycles of concentration for water-use efficiency.
Indoor Environmental Quality
The hotel has a mechanical ventilation system that delivers conditioned fresh air to all occupied spaces in the building. In addition, stringent MERV 13 filters are used to ensure a greater level of air filtration.
The hotel has been built with low emitting finishes, including low VOC paints, adhesives, sealants and flooring. Use of low-emitting finishes eliminates the potential for a number of adverse health effects from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other indoor air pollutants.
Materials and Resources
The Hotel’s material use consisted of just over 20% recycled content building materials. Furthermore, approximately 37% of materials used during construction were sourced from within 500 miles of the building. Sourcing materials regionally reduces the environmental impact of transportation.
A total of 81.8% of construction waste was diverted from disposal in a landfill. Materials that were diverted from disposal were either recycled or reused.