What do you get when you combine corporate efforts at sustainability with a major hotel chain? A new hotel with near-zero construction waste and a tight, energy-efficient envelope.
Located on the northern part of Vancouver Island in Canada, the much-anticipated Marriott addition was planned and developed by investor PEG Companies. They partnered with green construction design company Nexii, who prefabricated nearly 750 exterior panels for the hotel, shortening the construction period by an estimated eight to 10 weeks. The non-toxic, low-carbon panels are pre-casted to avoid construction waste. Delivery of the panels directly to the jobsite also means a minimal site impact.
“The innovative Nexii system allowed PEG to be much more efficient while building our beautiful Courtyard by Marriott property in Nanaimo by providing a complete exterior system, pre-manufactured,” said Robert Schmidt, president of the Development Division at PEG.
Because the panels are constructed using precision techniques, they fit tightly together for an energy-efficient cloak for the nine-story Courtyard by Marriott Hotel. The 172-room hotel will be the first Marriott north of Greater Victoria on Vancouver Island.
“Given the size of this project and its location on Vancouver Island, the cost and time to install a traditional exterior system was prohibitive,” Schmidt said. “Nexii overcame that challenge and, even better than that, the product has increased the project’s thermal properties, which contributes to a more sustainable outcome.”
The project came together to add more lodging to the Nanaimo area. The hotel sits directly next to the new conference center in an effort to increase tourism on the Canadian island. However, teams also wanted to protect the environment and use the building as a template for what green commercial construction can look like in the future.
“Buildings and construction are the number one source of climate pollution and municipal waste, but essential to our way of life. We need to ensure that all new construction is smart green construction to keep our planet healthy and livable.” said Gregor Robertson, executive vice president of strategy and partnerships at Nexii.
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