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Sustainable Living and Working are Central to the Vision for CityWay, the New 14-acre
Neighborhood Development in Indianapolis, Indiana that Includes the Alexander Hotel

LEED Certification is being Pursued for the 209-room Hotel Being Developed
by Buckingham Companies and Dolce Hotels and Resorts


INDIANAPOLIS, May 10, 2012 — CityWay, a transformative new 14-acre neighborhood in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, is incorporating a number of sustainable initiatives into the new community, including plentiful green space, energy and water efficiency, a recycling program, enhanced indoor environmental quality, carpooling and electric vehicle support. It is also pursuing LEED certification for the new Alexander Hotel, a Dolce Hotel, affirming CityWay’s support for environmentally-conscious design, construction and living for downtown.

“Sustainable living and working are central to the vision for CityWay. From the construction phase through its completion, CityWay will remain on the forefront of environmentally-friendly practices, and it will allow residents and visitors to maintain an environmentally-friendly lifestyle,” said Scott Travis, senior development director of Buckingham Companies.

CityWay, which encompasses an art hotel, green space, new state-of-the-art YMCA, apartments, restaurants, retail and office space, is transforming previously underutilized land north of South Street into a vibrant neighborhood within walking distance of many of Indianapolis’ largest employers and cultural districts.

CityWay’s sustainability initiatives will deliver:
  • Green space: CityWay will include significant landscaped areas, vegetated rain gardens, light-colored hardscape areas to reduce heating effects and ample trees that will develop into a mature tree canopy. The buildings have been designed to maximize the use of natural light, and pedestrian pathways will be provided, including a connection to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.
  • Energy and water efficient design: CityWay will reduce water use by more than 20 percent through the use of water efficient fixtures. CityWay is also incorporating energy efficient appliances, LED light fixtures and occupancy controls in rooms to minimize energy consumption during non-occupied times. The project also uses local resources whenever possible to reduce the environmental impacts resulting from transportation of building materials.
  • Storm water control:  Through the installation of a storm water collection system, CityWay will reduce storm water runoff, as well as virtually eliminate the need to use potable water for landscape irrigation.  The hotel roof drain system will collect in a 2,500 gallon cistern that will be used to irrigate vegetation throughout the hotel site.  In addition, any storm water on the site that is not reused or infiltrated through the use of rain gardens will be treated and discharged directly into Pogue's Run, a dedicated City storm water system, thereby reducing the impact on the City's combined sewer system.
  • Recycling: CityWay will integrate an easily-accessible recycling program for paper, corrugated cardboard, glass, plastics and metals in multiple locations throughout the community.  Furthermore, sustainable practices are being used during construction, such as reusing crushed concrete and asphalt from the former parking lot and on-site demolition as clean backfill and base for the new building foundations.
  • Enhanced indoor environmental quality: Construction plans will engage LEED certified low-emitting materials, including adhesives, paints and flooring; operations plans contain a sophisticated carbon-dioxide monitoring system in densely-occupied spaces and restrictions on tobacco usage 25 feet from any entrance.
  • Carpooling and electric vehicle support: CityWay will dedicate a portion of all parking spaces as preferred parking for low-emitting and/or fuel-efficient vehicles and carpool drop-off and pick-up zones. CityWay will also install electrical vehicle charging stations throughout the neighborhood.
The aforementioned initiatives will each contribute to the LEED certification application for The Alexander Hotel. The LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, rating system is designed by the U.S. Green Building Council to recognize effective green and sustainability strategies in building design and construction. More information can be found at www.usgbc.org/LEED

About CityWay
CityWay, is a dynamic new 14-acre neighborhood in the heart of downtown Indianapolis that encompasses a 209-room art hotel, destination restaurants, a state-of-the-art YMCA, apartments and 40,000 square feet of retail and office space.  With a pedestrian-friendly urban design, the mix of public spaces, offices, residential and retail will make CityWay an attractive place to work, play and live, and will serve as a catalyst for future development in the surrounding neighborhood. For more information, visit www.cityway.com

About Buckingham Companies
Founded in 1984, Buckingham is a full service, fully integrated, real estate company that includes the development, acquisition, management and construction of a wide range of property types including multifamily, student housing and mixed-use communities. Buckingham manages nearly $1 billion of real estate assets for its own account, clients and institutional partners. More than 90 properties consisting of nearly 15 million square-feet of property, and approximately 15,000 rental units nationwide comprise the managed portfolio. Additionally, Buckingham Foundation annually supports more than 45 nonprofit and civic organizations through philanthropic outreach in the areas of affordable housing, community and economic development, and arts and culture.  For more information, visit www.buckingham-co.com.

About Dolce Hotels and Resorts
Dolce’s portfolio includes hotels in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Georgia, Michigan, Colorado, California, Ontario, Texas, Nevada, Belgium, France, Spain and Germany. As a leader in the meetings industry, Dolce hosts some 30,000 events and 4 million group clients globally every year. The company’s founder pioneered the conference center concept and Complete Meeting Package, both now embraced as standards by the International Association of Conference Centers. Dolce’s vision is to create inspiring environments that bring people together.  Its mission is to delight its guests, challenge its associates, reward its owners and serve as a role model in its communities. Headquartered in Rockleigh, N.J., and founded in 1981, Dolce is majority-owned by Broadreach Capital Partners. The company employs more than 4,000 worldwide. Additional information is available at www.dolce.com.
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Contact:

Erik Johnson, Borshoff
erik.johnson@borshoff.biz
(317) 631-6400
(317) 590-3240 cell

Amy Wiser
Borshoff
Amy.wiser@borshoff.biz
(317) 631-6400
(317) 847-0745 cell



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