by Sarah J.F. Braley | May 28, 2014
The SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at MSU Denver has been certified LEED Gold for New Construction by the U.S. Green Building Council. The 150-room property, owned by the Metropolitan State University of Denver and managed by Sage Hospitality, is the city's first LEED Gold hotel. The hotel its connecting Hospitality Learning Center (part of the university) earned a total of 62 LEED points, including those for water efficiency, innovative design, and sustainable site and materials selection. Their green features include:
• More than 90 percent of regularly occupied areas in the two-building complex offer natural day lighting, reducing the need for artificial lighting;
• Only high-efficiency plumbing fixtures and low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints and flooring were used;
• The secure bicycle storage plus lockers and changing rooms in the complex encourage employees and students to use alternative transportation;
• Both buildings offer full recycling in guest rooms, classrooms and offices;
• Nearly 20 percent of the complex was constructed using recycled materials, and 25 percent of total building materials were locally sourced;
• More than 78 percent of material waste from construction of the complex was recycled;
• All compostable food from the hotel's banquet and catering department, as well as from the learning center's student classes, is composted; and
• The housekeeping and F&B departments in the complex use only green, natural cleaning products, including vinegar.
The property features a market, a fitness center, complimentary area shuttle service, complimentary Wi-Fi and 5,000 square feet of meeting space.