The hospitality industry presents inherent challenges in the areas of water and energy conservation. Yet despite this, design industry experts, including Rabun Rasche Rector Reece, see strong business benefits in green design, operations, and management. Investments on the front end, particularly by long term owner-operators, pay off in lower operating costs and brand enhancement. The pursuit of LEED Certification by conference centers, in particular, has continued to rise dramatically.
Rabun has been recognized for our contributions in the area of sustainable design, particularly in the specialty of hotels and conference centers.
- In 2003, our design team produced the Southern Pine Conference Center at Callaway Gardens, GA. It was the first business conference center in the United States to be awarded LEED certification.
- In cooperation with Emory University’s sustainability initiatives, our design for the Emory Conference Center Expansion achieved LEED Silver in 2010 with high scores in sustainable sites and indoor environmental quality. The Conference Center is the only such facility in the state of Georgia to carry certification from Green Seal Inc. which meets Environmental Standard for U.S. Lodging Properties for waste minimization, water and energy efficiency, hazardous substances handling, and environmentally responsible purchasing.
- Our design for the Westin Birmingham targeted and achieved LEED Silver Certification, the first hotel in the state of Alabama to do so, setting high marks in the areas of sustainable sites, energy conservation, and indoor environmental quality.