MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Nearly 50 employees of the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport gathered on Friday morning to celebrate the property’s recent LEED certification with a special tree-planting ceremony.
“They say he who plants a tree, plants hope,” began Paul Couto, Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport GM, upon placing the first shovel into the ground. “When we opened this hotel four years ago, we had a lot of hope — that this hotel would be successful, that business would grow.”
The property, developed by Burlington, Ont.-based Millennium Engineering, Inc. and built by North York, Ont.-based Kingslake Group has been recognized for its adherence to high environmental performance standards, which is assessed by the site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, material selection, indoor air quality and innovation in design. It also marks a milestone, as the first Hilton Garden Inn in Canada to earn this recognition. Some of its features include an electric car-charging station, a water-conservation program, a white roof that keeps the interior temperature cooler in summer and warmer in winter, use of drought-resistant plant species in its exterior landscape, and LED interior and exterior signage lighting that reduces energy consumption by more than 18 per cent.
Correction: The Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport was designed by Chamberlain Architect Services, while Millennium Engineering provided LEED consulting and mechanical and electrical engineering on the project. Kingslake Group provided project management services.