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First Bristol Corporation Sees "Green" Developing a Hampton Inn & Suites
Within a Historic Providence Landmark

Elaine Murphy Overseeing Sales and Marketing

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. 
Elaine Murphy has been named Area Director of Sales, overseeing the sales and marketing efforts for the hotel.  
Ms. Murphy has worked with First Bristol Corporation since February 2005, serving as Sales and Marketing manager for the award-winning Hampton Inn in Raynham, MA, and was part of the management team which opened the Hampton Inn & Suites in Middletown, RI.  Murphy will continue to oversee the sales efforts in Raynham, while ramping up their Providence hotel.
“Elaine brings unparalleled experience and understanding of the Hampton Inn & Suites brand to this project and we are excited to have her as part of our core management team,” said James Karam, president and CEO of First Bristol.  “The Hampton Inn & Suites – Downtown Providence brings a much needed and highly sought after new lodging segment to the City of Providence, offering value without sacrificing the high level of amenities and exceptional service business and leisure travelers expect.”
“This is a great opportunity to help open the Hampton Inn & Suites in downtown Providence, and I look forward to working with the management team to make this hotel the leading sales hotel in the Capital City,” commented Ms. Murphy.
Ms. Murphy brings more than 20 years of hospitality experience to her new position, having started out her career with Dunfey Hotels and later with the Westford Regency in Westford, MA, serving in roles of increasing responsibility in banquet service, meetings and facilities, catering and outside sales.  Ms. Murphy later worked at the luxurious waterfront Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina, and in 2003 she was introduced to the Hilton Family of Hotels serving as Area Sales Manager for both the Hampton Inn in Braintree, MA as well as the Hampton Inn & Suites at TF Green Airport.
A native from Chelmsford, MA, Ms. Murphy is a graduate of Bentley College in Waltham, MA. She currently resides in Acushnet, MA.

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). 
Upon completion in December 2008, the Hampton Inn & Suites Providence-Downtown will offer 110 beautifully appointed guest rooms, including 38 suites, 32 king rooms, and 40 standard rooms, and will feature limited meeting and function space.
High-quality accommodations and services, combined with competitive rates have made Hampton Inn & Suites a leader in the mid-price segment, and one of the fastest growing hotel brands.  The Hampton Inn & Suite Providence-Downtown will feature free airport valet service, a fitness center, a business center, free property-wide high-speed Internet access, and a complimentary full-menu breakfast.  The guest rooms will include hi-definition plasma televisions, iPod-compatible stereo systems, deluxe bedding, in-room microwaves and refrigerator units.
Hampton Inn & Suites is part of the Hilton Hotels Corporation, recognized internationally as a preeminent hospitality company. The Hilton family of hotels includes many of the world’s best known and most highly regarded hotel brands, including, Hilton, Conrad, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Harrison Conference Centers, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations Company and Homewood Suites by Hilton.
About First Bristol Corporation

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
10 North Main Street 
Fall River, MA 02722
Phone: 508-679-1180
Saverio Mancini

Also See: Following Several Redesigns and a Series of Zoning Variances LodgWorks Ready to Build 11-story, 161-room Hotel Sierra in Downtown Providence, Rhode Island / February 2008


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