Sustainable Design

Sustainable Design

The Cambria Hotel College Park was designed and built with sustainability as a primary focus.  The end result is a more resource-efficient and environmentally conscious design, which is LEED Silver certified.

Site Design

The Cambria Hotel College Park is located in the heart of College Park, Maryland.  The hotel’s proximity to nearby community services combined with transit access reduces the number of single occupancy vehicle trips to and from the site.  Building occupants will have the benefit of being able to walk from the hotel to nearby retail and community services.
The hotel’s stormwater management strategies also contribute to the project’s sustainability.  The site’s landscaping and bioretention are part of a comprehensive stormwater management system that reduces runoff and prevents pollutants from entering nearby streams.  
In addition, there are parking spaces designated for low emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.  Those parking spaces are located close to the building entrance as an incentive for use of fuel efficient vehicles.

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency has been a priority due to the numerous environmental and economic benefits associated with energy conservation.  
The building features an energy efficient chilled water HVAC system.  The chilled water system represents a significant energy improvement compared to most HVAC systems.   
The building’s energy efficient design is also due to its lighting systems.  LED lighting has been specified throughout the building.  In addition, lighting occupancy sensors and other controls are used to further optimize energy performance.
The hotel’s design is projected to be approximately 22% more efficient than the ASHRAE 90.1 energy baseline. 

Water Efficiency

The Cambria Hotel College Park reduces water consumption through low-flow plumbing fixtures and water-efficient landscaping.  The design team specified low-flow lavatory faucets, toilets, kitchen sinks, urinals and showerheads.  The fixtures result in 28.9% water savings compared to the LEED baseline.  This is equivalent to an estimated 838,195 gallons of water savings per year.
Furthermore, the project’s landscaping doesn’t require a permanent irrigation system, thereby also reducing water use at the building.  This has been accomplished through selecting native and locally adaptive plants that don’t require ongoing irrigation after plants have been established.
 
Indoor Environmental Quality

The hotel has a mechanical ventilation system that delivers conditioned fresh air to all occupied spaces in the building.  In addition, stringent MERV 13 filters have been specified to ensure a greater level of air filtration.
The hotel was built with low-emitting finishes, including low VOC paints, adhesives, sealants and flooring.  Use of low-emitting finishes reduces the potential for a number of adverse health effects from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other indoor air pollutants.

Material Resources

The Cambria Hotel College Park recycled and diverted construction waste from disposal during construction.  The project diverted or recycled 564 tons of construction material, which is equivalent to 69% of all construction waste generated.