AC Hotel Washington DC Downtown Achieves LEED Silver Certification

May 12, 2020 | Development

AC Hotel Washington DC Downtown Achieves LEED Silver Certification

The United States Green Building Council announced that OTO Development’s all new AC Hotel Washington DC Downtown has achieved LEED Silver Certification, recognizing the environmentally responsible efforts incorporated into the construction and continuing operation of the hotel.

“OTO Development is committed to being a responsible steward of the environment in all aspects of our business,” said Corry Oakes, president and CEO of OTO Development, developer and owner of the hotel. “We are proud to achieve LEED Silver status for the AC Hotel Washington DC Downtown, adding to our growing list of LEED certified projects.”

Started in the early 1990s, LEED certification stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a widely recognized rating system for green buildings. OTO Development worked with Paladino and Company to track and implement the appropriate steps during construction to achieve the LEED certification.

In addition to some foundational elements like implementing energy efficient systems and sustainable construction procedures, some key features that helped achieve the LEED Silver status include:

  • Alternative transportation availability and use, such as bicycle-friendly amenities, public transportation access, and pedestrian-friendly location.
  • Advanced lighting controls using photometric analysis that reacts to both daytime and seasonal sunlight to adjust energy usage.
  • Utilizing current, state-of-the-art refrigerant technology to develop a system that maximizes guest comfort while capturing energy savings.
  • Extensive and Intensive green roof elements to manage storm water runoff and minimize the heat island effect.

Located in the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, the hotel is the first ground-up, new-build hotel in the area since 1971. The AC Hotel by Marriott Washington DC Downtown is conveniently located near the White House, DuPont Circle, George Washington University and Hospital, and the K Street corridor. Within a scenic walk to Georgetown, the hotel is perfectly situated for government, business, and leisure travelers alike. With two major Metro stops nearby, guests can also easily access Capitol Hill, the National Mall and Smithsonian museums, Ronald Reagan National Airport, and other landmarks, businesses, and government offices in the D.C. Metro area.

OTO Development contracted with Lendlease (US) Construction, Inc., as the general contractor for the project. Subcontractors for various elements of construction included Anderson Mechanical Services, Inc.; Baker DC, LLC; Cindell Construction Company, Inc.; Inspiration Plumbing, LLC; Power Design, Inc.; and Vetro Building Envelope, LLC.

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