Situated on the campus of the University of Cincinnati, the Kingsgate Marriott accentuates its interiors with the red and black colors of the school’s fighting Bearcats. But the 206-room IACC certified Conference Hotel has gone green with its latest renovation of corridors and elevator lobbies. Through a first-of-its kind program called Second-Look, the hotel reclaimed 2,100 yards of wallcovering and purchased 3,000 yards of recycled wallcovering. Guestrooms are slated for the next phase of renovation in 2009, and the Marriott plans to once again reclaim wallcoverings and replace them with recycled wallcoverings.
“Recycling wallcovering was just the right thing to do,” said Susan Graves, Kingsgate Marriott general manager. “It’s part of Green Marriott, our program that looks for ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. Additionally we’re exploring offering green meeting packages and other ways to help the university reduce its overall environmental footprint.
The hotel removed vinyl wallcoverings from six floors using typical procedures, but placed the material in reclamation bins rather than dumpsters. These were shipped to the Second-Look program to be recycled into new wallcoverings by Louisville-based Versa Designed Surfaces. Marriott also worked with their distributor, D.L. Couch of New Castle, Indiana, to facilitate the process. Introduced in early 2007, Second-Look has won sustainability awards at three international design shows and received Editor’s Choice awards from Architectural Record and Interiors & Sources magazines.