Honorees include INNCOM, ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, the Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali, and design student Michelle Kiese.
Four winners have been selected for the 2010 Earth-Minded Awards for Hospitality (EMA), presented by Hospitality Design (HD) magazine and ASID. The competition was divided into three categories: hospitality design product, hospitality design project (including hotel practices), and student hospitality design project.
Judging criteria included:
- Efforts to create a product or space that is environmentally innovative and aesthetically pleasing
- Products that promote sustainability, including energy savings, lighting, flooring, fabric, wallcovering, seating, case goods, etc.
- Resource efficiency and recycling and waste management within the development and manufacturing process
Here are the winners:
The Earth-Minded Award for Hospitality Products: Glass Series Guest Interface Device Suite by INNCOM
Glass Series Guest Interface Device Suite by INNCOM is an eco-friendly lighting and thermostat central control system. Made from recyclable glass and plastics, all models are capable of simultaneously controlling lighting, fans, drapes, privacy, notifications and thermostat settings. A standout feature, the "green button," allows guests to opt into the hotel’s conservation program with the touch of a button. From a design standpoint, the glass touch surface offers a blank canvas for the designer wishing to customize a look with colors, fonts, images, and functionality.
The Earth-Minded Award for Hospitality Projects: Shared by ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and the Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali
The largest LEED-certified building in the world, ARIA Resort and Casino (pictured above and right) boasts pioneering green technology and careful design choices that greatly reduce the ecological impact of the project itself. Reclaimed barn wood is used on the hotel registration desk and green label carpet is used throughout the building. Among its sustainable distinctions, ARIA possesses the first fleet of clean-fueled CNG stretch limousines and is the first resort on the Las Vegas strip to generate its own electricity at an onsite power plant.
Developed completely with materials sourced from Bali and surrounding islands, Alila Villas Uluwatu resort (pictured left and below) is registered for Green Globe certification and will be the first hotel in Bali to get the highest level of certification for Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD). The resort encompasses many ESD measures into its design including using local materials, water conservation with rain gardens and gray water systems that will recycle shower and bath water and landscaping that has been designed to maximize use of local plants.
The Earth-Minded Award for Tomorrow: AIS Senior Studio by Michelle Kiese, Student Member ASID
An interior design student at the Art Institute of Seattle and ASID student member, Kiese designed the building to function like a living structure, using a flower as inspiration. Like a flower, the building opens and closes at different times of the day to conserve energy. The building uses solar panels to sustain both heat and electrical needs and shuts down resources when they are not in use. Additionally, the building captures rainwater throughout the year, saving more than 41,000 gallons per year to be reused around the resort.
The EMA winners will be honored during Hospitality Design Green Day (HD Green Day) May 18th, held in conjunction with the 2010 Hospitality Design Exposition & Conference (HD Expo), May 19-21 in Las Vegas.
Tama Duffy Day, FASID, IIDA, LEED AP, principal and national interior design healthcare practice leader at Perkins+Will
Past EMA winner Peter F. Hapstak III, AIA, IIDA, RDI, design principal with CORE Architecture
Ron Sheldon, vice president of development & construction, Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group