The primary goal of this project was to become Baltimore’s first green hotel. The project embraced the historic nature of the site, as in 1787 it was home to Clagett’s Brewery and in recent years housed the Baltimore Brewing Company. In fact, the site once housed a malt room in which seamstress Mary Pickersgill sat and stitched the very flag that inspired Francis Scott Key’s homage to “the star-spangled banner”. The goal of a visually interesting hotel that complimented the area’s historic nature while taking full advantage of technology and environmental advances was achieved and balanced in this five story, 154 room, 88,000 square foot structure.
An annual energy savings of 18.8% over the conventional American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standard was achieved and a 25% energy savings over local code was attained. A 21.2% reduction in potable water use over similar buildings was met. Solar enhanced lighting was utilized in the main dining area. 100% green appliances were also designated.
Another challenge was met with 68.4% of the wood used in the construction of the hotel being harvested from sustainably managed forestry. In fact, 32.1% of the total building products were manufactured and harvested locally within a regional 500 mile radius. Also, 84.9% of the construction waste generated by the project was diverted from landfills.
Green and white roofs were utilized. Some bricks were harvested and reused. A grain silo found on site was restored and serves as a rain barrel for courtyard plantings. In the courtyard, pervious concrete pavers and recycled tires efficiently return rainwater to the ground. Existing townhouse facades were saved, restored, and now offer unique meeting rooms and suites.
We are pleased that the hotel and Conewago have won the following awards:
- WaveMaker Award-Baltimore Chapter of the Urban Land Institute October 1, 2009
- Innovator of the Year Award 2009-Maryland Daily Record October 14, 2009
- Governor’s Sustainable Toursim Award-Maryland Governor O’Malley November 5, 2009
- Special Accomplishment Award-United States Green Building Council MD Chapter January 27, 2010
- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Certification-United States Green Building Council March of 2010
- Awards of Excellence-ABC Keystone Chapter’s 21st Annual Excellence in Construction Awards
- 2010 Green Awards of Merit-ABC Keystone Chapter’s 21st Annual Excellence in Construction Awards
ABC National Greener Tomorrow Award February 22, 2011 One of only two projects at the National Awards designated with this prestigious distinction for outstanding performance in green building based on sustainability, water and energy efficiency, environment, innovation, human affect, construction waste management, commissioning and level of certification achieved.