The Hotel at the University of Maryland has been designed with sustainability as a primary focus, with the project having been designed to LEED Gold standards. The end result is a more resource-efficient and environmentally conscious hotel building and site.
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.
In addition, there are 28 electric charging station parking spaces in the parking garage. Charging stations are provided to facilitate 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 building’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 24% 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.
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.