Merging eco-credibility, service, and style is no small task, particularly in the hospitality industry. Lucky travelers to Greensboro, North Carolina, have such an option, thanks to Proximity Hotel that opened its doors last fall. Featuring 147 guestrooms and ten loft-like suites, the property is among the first LEED certified hotels in the United States.
So just what prompted CEO and CDO (Chief Design Officer) Dennis Quaintance to go green? He says, â€œIf not now, when? If not us, who? Truly. We think and hope that this generation will adjust our trajectory toward a sustainable modelâ€¦ So we all need to pitch in.â€ To that end, Quaintance and his team carefully selected which LEED points to chase, based on their company's own â€˜Sustainable Practices Initiative' as well as a desire to balance sustainability with comfort.
Indeed, the most noticeable architectural element of Proximity is the windowsâ€”seven-foot-square windows cover the building, helping to connect guests with nature and flood the guestrooms in natural light. Other highlights include: 100 rooftop solar panels; 800 linear feet of restored stream along the property; low-VOC paints and building materials; use of energy-efficient materials and methods; and an impressive 75 percent construction waste recycling rate. The restaurant, Print Works Bistro, features a vegetated roof, locally grown fare, and a dining room that boasts 52 doors that can be opened seasonally to reduce HVAC use. â€œGenerally,'' says Quaintance, â€œI'm most excited that our guests will not notice a negative difference with any of them [green features]â€”no deprivation of atmosphere, service, amenities, or luxury hereâ€”just sustainability.â€ For more information visit www.proximityhotel.com