WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS: Going Green Hope Lake Lodge

By on July 3, 2012
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Each year more than 250,000 skiers visit Greek Peak Mountain Resort during the winter. Now the resort, one of Upstate New York’s largest sustainable projects, is working towards LEED certification. Resort management is hoping to attract even more visitors to the resort’s Hope Lake Lodge and Indoor Waterpark for year-round activities, conserve natural resources and create a healthier atmosphere and quality of life for its owners and guests.

To help Hope Lake Lodge “go green” with energy efficient lighting, Meyda Custom Lighting (a Meyda Tiffany company) has designed, value engineered and manufactured over 1500 custom decorative lighting fixtures using energy efficient compact fluorescent technology. The project will be just one of only 31 LEED-certified hotels in the country, and just one of 200 LEED-certified hotels worldwide.

According to Gayle Kryger, Vice President of Corporate Real Estate Sales for Greek Peak Mountain Resort, “Meyda created the designs that were needed to accentuate our Northwoods theme,” she said. “Although the lighting demands were challenging, the end-products are first class. Many of the common area fixtures were created with our logo.”

Other custom green pieces can be found in the resort’s restaurants, the Acorn Grill and Bobcat Lounge. Animal printed wall sconces, which were created with meticulous attention to detail and design continuity, were installed to face the main elevator from any direction. Thanks to several efforts such as lighting, the lodge is the newest Audubon Greenleaf “Gold” rated hotel in the United States and Canada. Hope Lake Lodge, completed in 2009, was built to be “green”.

From the beginning of construction, the project engineer, Tom Pelis, one of the 4,000 LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified engineers in the world, designed the hotel to meet “green” standards. Some of the components were materials used for construction, a building position which blends with the surrounding terrain, energy conserving light fixtures, water conserving plumbing fixtures, and the Daikin VRV heating and cooling system that provide ssuperior indoor air quality.

“We put a great deal of thought into creating the perfect balance between elegant design and environmental preservation,” says Al Kryger, President of Greek Peak Mountain Resort. “Our commitment to sustainable construction can be found at even the lowest level. Also, recycling has been a strong priority for 30 years and will continue at all levels of the entire resort.”

Fireplaces in the rooms are gas and are sealed units so no dampers are left open on unused fireplaces. Native plants, trees and shrubs were used to lessen watering needs, too. During construction, infra-red testing was used throughout the building and the inefficiencies were corrected. The inspections for LEED Certification were conducted to ensure that “green” best practices were used in every aspect of construction. The inspections continued during the first two years of operation and Hope Lake Lodge is currently working with the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) to obtain LEED certification for the project.

The Lodge now utilizes an AtmosAir system, which ionizes the air in the hallways, lobby and restaurant ensuring a healthy air environment for its guests. The energy efficient AtmosAir system uses bi-polar ionization technology to increase ion levels in the air, matching the levels found at higher mountain elevations. Pristine mountain air has long been touted for its health benefits.

The sustainability of the Northwoods décor of the hotel was accomplished by using items made within 500 miles of the property. Case goods were made in and near Ellicottville; couches came from Halligan Furniture in Newark, N.Y.; all lighting came from Meyda Tiffany, Yorkville, N.Y.; spa quality mattresses came from Buffalo; and chair rails from Loc-N-Logs, in Sherburne. Exterior siding and wood used on the interior came from Greek Peak and the Adirondacks. Elegant and unique pieces by local artists are featured throughout the hotel.

The results of creating a “green” hotel are a relaxing, rejuvenating, serene, healthy atmosphere for the hotel guests and their children while at the same time reducing the carbon footprint by using less energy.

Greek Peak Mountain Resort, the largest Central New York ski resort, was founded in 1958 and has remained at the leading edge of the ski industry with 32 trails, six aerial lifts, two surface lifts, beginners’ slopes, two Terrain Parks, and a Progression Park. Now a four-season resort, it is located in New York’s scenic Finger Lakes region. For more information on the Lodge, visit www.hopelakelodge.com.

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