The newly, very green
Homewood Suites by Hilton.

PHILADELPHIA – The Homewood Suites by Hilton-University City, which first opened its doors here in August, has been awarded Silver LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The certification was reported by Campus Apartments, the hotel’s developer. In fact, the 110,000-sf hotel at 4109 Walnut St. is the Philadelphia-based student-housing builder’s first hotel project and the first LEED Silver property in the Homewood Suites by Hilton portfolio. Campus Apartments, which develops and manages student housing, has more than $1.5 billion worth of assets under management with more than 34,500 beds in 25 states.

“For our first hotel development, it was important for us to invest in the city of Philadelphia and the University City neighborhood both economically and environmentally,” says David Adelman, president and CEO of Campus Apartments. “The development team has created a sustainable building that will not only minimize Campus Apartments’ footprint, but also further our commitment to environmental responsibility.”

Among the design features that helped secure the LEED Silver certification included: an energy-efficient water-loop heat pump system that powers the hotel’s heat and air conditioning and a smart control system that monitors the building temperature. Other sustainable elements are a green roof, high-efficiency MEP systems, on-site storm water management and low-flow fixtures.  Occupancy sensors in common areas and card-control systems in the guest suites control the hotel’s energy-efficient lighting fixtures.

“The addition of the first LEED Silver-certified hotel to the Homewood Suites portfolio is a tremendous milestone and further extends the brand’s culture of corporate responsibility,” adds Bill Duncan, global head, Homewood Suites by Hilton. “Working with Campus Apartments for the first time, Homewood Suites is proud of their dedication to create a hotel that not only serves the immediate needs of the local community, but also makes a positive impact for the future.”

The grand opening for the hotel, which cost approximately $50 million to complete, was held on Aug. 1. Among those that provided financing for the Homewood Suites by Hilton-University City were the State of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, The Reinvestment Fund, U.S. Bank and Beneficial Bank.