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The Press Hotel In Portland, Me Earns Leed Certification

Thursday, October 15, 2015
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Following its May 2015 opening, The Press Hotel, a member of Autograph Collection™, announces receipt of a LEED® certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®), verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED® is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

The Press Hotel is owned by local developer Jim Brady and operated by Trust Hospitality. Located at the corner of Exchange and Congress streets in the Old Port neighborhood, The Press Hotel opened on May 12, 2015 with interior design aptly inspired by its home in the historic Portland Press Herald newspaper building. The Press Hotel achieved LEED® certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

The LEED® rating system is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. A landmark green hotel for Portland, Maine, The Press Hotel features a plethora of green building features to help the project meet its sustainability goals. Thornton Tomasetti was hired as the LEED® Consultant to manage the certification process, recommend sustainable strategies, and optimize energy performance using a whole building energy model. The hotel was designed by local Architect of Record, Archetype in collaboration with the interior design firm Stonehill & Taylor, and construction was managed by Wright-Ryan Construction.

The hotel’s innovative design attributes and sustainability practices include: dual-flush toilets, operable windows, high-performance mechanical systems, building automation systems to control and monitor lighting and equipment, environmentally-conscious building materials and green operating policies to maintain a healthy environment while the building is occupied.

General Manager Michael Strejcek stated, “We are pleased to have achieved the LEED® certification so promptly after our May opening. As we continue to strive for a reduced carbon footprint, The Press Hotel is fully committed to setting high goals and standards for our sustainability practices. The work from our partners was remarkable in bringing this historic building to modern, responsible, environmentally sound and sustainable benchmarks.”

Gunnar Hubbard, FAIA, LEED Fellow and Principal and Sustainability Practice Leader at Thornton Tomasetti said, “As a historic adaptive reuse project in the heart of downtown Portland, The Press Hotel was an ideal candidate to showcase sustainable building strategies. The building’s structural elements and envelope were reused, while interior partitions and finishes were upgraded to create a healthy indoor environment that harnessed the character of the building’s unique history. Sustainability discussions were an integral part of the design and construction process. As a result, The Press Hotel is a great example of a project that prioritized sustainability while maintaining the respect for historic integrity, and balanced cost implications while meeting the long-term goals for occupant health and energy efficiency.”

Alyssa Parker, LEED AP BD+C, Wright-Ryan Construction’s Director of Commercial Project Management, shared, “It is a particular point of pride to achieve LEED Certification on a historic adaptive reuse project. The Press Hotel reinforces our company’s philosophy and dedication to sustainable building practices. Wright-Ryan valued collaborating with all of the partners on this dynamic LEED project. We worked together to maintain a balanced approach to material selection and management, local and regional contributors, and energy-efficient systems without sacrificing the quality of the experience for the end user.”

Each of the 110 guestrooms is inspired by a 1920s writer’s office, including a vintage-styled journalist desk. The hotel corridor wallpaper includes real quotes from Portland Press Herald pages and typewriter letter keys scatter across the corridor carpet. Four private function rooms are available for groups and special events. The Press Hotel is home to UNION Restaurant, led by Executive Chef Josh Berry featuring enhanced local cuisine.

For more information or to make a reservation at The Press Hotel, visit thepresshotel.com or call 207-808-8800. Rates start at $299/night and vary depending on season. Visit the hotel on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About The Press Hotel

Formerly home to the Portland Press Herald newspaper, this historic building located at 119 Exchange Street in the Old Port, was transformed into a 110-room boutique hotel. Opened in May 2015, The Press Hotel celebrates the local arts and pays homage to the Press Herald past with thoughtful design details and an art gallery featuring works from Maine artists. UNION restaurant features enhanced local cuisine by Maine-native, Chef Josh Berry. The Press Hotel is part of the Autograph Collection™. For more information visit www.thepresshotel.com. Follow the hotel on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Trust Hospitality

Trust Hospitality is an award-winning premier hotel owner and operator. With more than 25 years of experience, Trust has more than 30 projects in operation or development worldwide. Headquartered in Miami, Florida with offices in New York, Panama, Salvador and Lisbon. For more information, please visit www.TrustHospitality.com.
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