Downtown Miami got a little greener with the opening of this hotel in the Brickell Financial District, the first LEED-certified hotel in the city. All 221 guest rooms and suites are housed on the upper nine floors of the 15-story hotel, with the lower floors dedicated to registration, main gathering space, administrative spaces, breakfast and bar areas, meeting rooms and a fitness center overlooking an outdoor pool and spa.
As the green champion for the design of the project, TLC identified sustainability strategies and associated potential LEED credits, modeled the design to predict energy use, tracked LEED credits throughout design and construction and commissioned the hotel. The design achieved 26% energy savings when compared to ASHRAE 90.1. Energy-saving features for this LEED Silver certified hotel include occupancy sensors, a high-level filtration system and a 36,000-gallon cistern to harvest rainwater for non-potable purposes.