The Residence Inn Gainesville I-75 opened August 7th, 2009, as a fully environmentally sound facility. Located on the site of an EPA "brownfield," the once-polluted land has been restored to pristine condition. Additionally, the site was xeriscaped to save water, and features all native plants, minimal turf areas, perforated pavement (to aid irrigation / preserve water), a water-saving irrigation system using gray water, and a nature walking trail. OTO bonded a 100+ year live oak to ensure its survival, as well; the tree anchors the development, and is celebrated by staff & guests alike.
- Demolition and construction wastes were recycled.
- Framing structure was made from 90% post-consumer recycled steel.
- Roofing materials are certified by Cool Roofing Council.
- Energy-efficient windows installed throughout.
- Low-VOC interior paints, wood finishes, adhesives & sealants; Carpet and Rug Institute-certified green carpeting.
- Stormwater treatment systems in use.
- Salinization system for pool.
- Low-flow faucets, showerheads and dishwashers; high-efficiency toilets and urinals throughout. Automatic faucets and toilets in public restrooms. Wastewater channeled into disposals, food troughs, and landscape irrigation system.
- EnergyStar appliances, transformers, and LED exit signs installed.
- High-efficiency CFL and LED lighting throughout.
- High-efficiency HVAC filters installed.
- Towel and linen reuse program implemented.
- Accessible recycling program.
- Housekeeping uses green cleaning products.