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The Developers of the Hampton Inn & Suites on Georgiaís
Jekyll Island Take Green Practices to the Next Level

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - Build an eco-friendly, beachside hotel using sustainable practices to help preserve one of the eastern seaboardís few remaining true maritime forest and dune eco-systems. The developers of the new Hampton Inn & Suites on Georgiaís Jekyll Island did just that when building the barrier islandís first new hotel in 35 years.

New Castle Hotels & Resorts, a leading hotel ownership and development company and third-party manager, and co-developers Jekyll Ocean Oaks, LLC, an affiliate of the ownership group of the islandís existing Jekyll Island Club Hotel, followed an extensive set of guidelines, adopted by the Jekyll Island Authority, that require development respect and preserve the unique natural environment and historic character of the island. Developers applied a range of conservation practices throughout the building process, and incorporated sustainability practices into the hotelís operation, including:

  • Building the new hotel on the existing footprint of an older motel in order to avoid cutting old growth trees on the 5-acre site.
  • Detailed mapping of tree locations and evaluation of their health and relative importance by a certified arborist.
  • Planting of new live oak trees to replace a dozen trees removed to accommodate redevelopment of the site, and more than two dozen trees that were in poor health.
  • Recycling materials like steel, copper, concrete and aluminum from the demolition of the older motel.
  • Mounting elevated exterior downlighting on existing trees to avoid the cost and energy use related to manufacturing and installing aluminum poles for parking areas.

Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island

Beach Boardwalk

To provide hotel guests with beach access and still preserve the forest and dune area, developers built an elevated wooden walkway. Hotel operations employ a host of sustainable practices, including:

  • Rainwater is collected from the 25,000-square-foot roof and stored in a cistern for irrigating landscaping.
  • The hotelís laundry system recaptures final rinse water moisture from the dryers for reuse as wash water, conserving both water and energy. The system also scavenges waste heat from the dryers and reuses it to preheat water for the washing machines, recovering up to 90 percent of the waste heat and reducing overall energy consumption in the laundry by more than 50 percent.
  • Use of solar thermal panels on the south-facing roof to preheat water for hot water systems that service guestrooms, restrooms and kitchens. The system reduces the burning of propane, a fossil fuel, to produce heat, thus reducing the total amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases produced by the property.
  • Thorough insulation and cladding with cement board, as well as the four-story design, require less energy for HVAC systems. Motion sensors control bathroom ventilation fans, and ENERGY STAR rated appliances and equipment further reduce overall energy consumption.
The 138-room Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island opened in January 2010, the first new hotel to be built on the island in 35 years. Among Georgiaís 14 barrier islands, Jekyll Island( one of just four accessible by causeway.

New Castle Hotels & Resorts
Gerald P. Chase, President/COO

Also See: Jekyll Ocean Oaks, LLC Opens New 138-room Hampton Inn & Suites in Jekyll Island, Georgia as First New Hotel to the Island Since 1974; New Castle Hotels & Resorts to Operate Hotel / January 2010

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