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by Michael J. Shapiro | September 29, 2010

Concord Hospitality opened the first Courtyard by Marriott with a LEED-compliant design yesterday in Settler’s Ridge, Pa., in suburban west Pittsburgh. The 124-room hotel will serve as a prototype for all future LEED-compliant Courtyard by Marriott properties. The new design is expected to reduce energy usage by 24 percent and save more than 300,000 gallons of water annually, according to Concord, equating to $50,000 in savings per year at current energy costs. The hotel, known as the Courtyard Pittsburgh Settlers Ridge/Robinson Township, offers a fitness center, an indoor saline pool, an on-site restaurant and more than 1,200 square feet of meeting space.