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Ritz-Carlton Opens Its First LEED HotelMay 28, 2009 By: Travel Agent Central Contributor
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte at Bank of America Center is scheduled to open this October in the heart of Uptown, bringing The Ritz-Carlton brand to the Carolinas market and becoming the first LEED-built hotel for The Ritz-Carlton and for the city of Charlotte.
The 147-room hotel is set in a 18-story building designed to attain LEED Gold environmental certification from the Green Building Council, which certifies new buildings based on sustainability, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design.
Guest rooms at The Ritz-Carlton begin at 506 square feet and offer upgraded air quality, due to an air transfer system that efficiently circulates large amounts of outside air into rooms and suites. Further energizing its green commitment, the hotel will utilize a Natura Water Purification System, diverting 73,000 plastic bottles from landfills, saving more than 104 barrels of oil, eliminating nearly 49 tons of CO2 emissions and saving almost 605,000,000 BTUs of electricity each year.
A reflective roof vegetated with living plants and water conservation and recycling programs will support the new Ritz-Carlton property’s commitment to its surroundings, while select staff will wear custom-designed uniforms made of fabric derived from regenerated plastic bottle materials. Among the hotel’s sustainable practices, complimentary hybrid-vehicle transportation will be provided to guests wishing to visit destinations within the I-277 loop on weekday mornings, while 150 guest bicycle storage spaces will encourage non-motorized enjoyment of the city of Charlotte. The hotel’s bike valet team will store and service guests’ two-wheelers and provide complimentary local bike usage, and guests driving hybrid cars will receive complimentary parking on-site.
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte at Bank of America Center will feature a 13,000-square-foot, bi-level penthouse Wellness Center–a special rarity among urban properties. The Wellness Center will have 100 percent organic and vegan products. The Center offers four treatment rooms, two vitality lounges, a movement studio, fully-equipped fitness center, whirlpool and indoor saline-treated swimming pool.
Pre-opening information about The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte at Bank of America Center is available at 704.547.2244. Guest reservations will be accepted beginning this summer on www.ritzcarlton.com.