News for the Hospitality Executive
First Bristol Corporation Sees "Green" Developing a Hampton
Inn & Suites
Within a Historic Providence Landmark
Elaine Murphy Overseeing Sales
PROVIDENCE, RI – (July 15, 2008) – First Bristol Corporation, the developers and managers of the new Hampton Inn & Suites in downtown Providence, plan to incorporate a series of environmentally-friendly initiatives at the historic site of their new 110-room hotel property. Located in the heart of the financial district, this notable building, the original home of the Old Colony Bank and most recently St. Francis Chapel, will feature cutting-edge, energy efficient technology to yield greater customer satisfaction and lower operating expenses after it opens in December 2008. These “green” renovations will significantly reduce the amount of energy used to provide heating, air conditioning and electricity throughout the hotel.
“Although this building offers a unique charm and character reminiscent of old Providence,” said Ed Landry, Vice President of Construction for First Bristol Corporation. “Our renovations for this historic site keep much of the traditions alive, but at the same time meet the demands of an ever-changing economy and evolving guest experience.”
The Hampton Inn & Suites Providence-Downtown will maintain a High-Efficient Heat Recovery System which will reuse existing heated and cooled air within various areas of the hotel to assist heating and air conditioning where needed, thus reducing the need to generate more power. This system can also heat and cool different areas on the same day by reusing heat removed from outside of the “sunny” side of the building, and then send it to the cooler “shady” side of the building. In addition, all the windows in the existing building are being replaced with new energy efficient insulated windows to reduce energy loss.
“These systems were simply not available 80-years ago when the building was originally built,” added Landry. “Simple refurbishments such as adding a blanket of insulation in the wall cavities, roofs and around all piping will greatly reduce HVAC costs and provide more comfort to guests. Today, we have the unique ability to enhance the building’s future for our next generation of visitors.”
In the guest rooms and commercial areas, computerized thermostats, which contain sensors, will raise and lower temperatures as they sense occupants or movement within a room. Commercial areas will also use automatic light sensors that turn on/off depending upon activity. In the laundry facilities, a large energy user, a new “ozone cleaning system” will substantially reduce the amount of water and significantly eliminate the need to use chemicals when cleaning linens.
Some additional modifications to the historic building include: 95-percent efficient boilers for hot water which put out and maintain higher volumes of hot water with much less heat loss, creating better output at lower costs; and Water Source Heat Pump HVAC units in the common areas that provide low cost operation and the ability to simultaneously heat and cool separate parts of the building at the same time for greater guest comfort.
About the Hampton Inn & Suites Providence
Located in the heart of the financial district, Hampton Inn & Suites
Providence-Downtown takes shape inside the original home of Old Colony
Bank and most recently St. Francis Chapel. This historic building
sits adjacent to nearby corporate neighbors, including Bank of America,
Textron, and Citizens Bank, and universities such as Brown University,
Johnson & Wales, and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
First Bristol Corporation is a thirty-year old real estate development firm that has developed over 3 million square feet of office, shopping centers, and hotels throughout Southern New England.
First Bristol Corporation
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