The new Hilton Garden Inn (HGI) in downtown Nashville, a block from the famed Music City Center, was designed from the outset as a new flagship property to showcase Chartwell Hospitality’s HGI line of hotels. Making the hotel stand out among neighboring high-profile venues required careful consideration of lighting design to accentuate the property’s features and create an atmosphere of sophistication and a warm environment for hotel guests. Energy efficiency was another key consideration, using new technologies to improve economics of operating a hotel with 214 guest rooms, a 4,200 sq. ft. meeting center, an outdoor pool and patio and a multi-story parking garage.
Lighting designers at Valet Energy turned to Hubbell Lighting’s broad product lines to get the most from both design aesthetics and functional application and upgraded the specifications that originally called for legacy lighting technologies.
The design used products from about nine Hubbell Lighting brands to highlight the hotel’s exterior. For example, as guests approach the building, vertical architectural brick panels intersected by guestroom windows dominate the first impression. To showcase the building facade at night, 12 Beacon Alpha floodlights were stanchion mounted and aimed vertically. A pool and patio sit over the property’s wine bar on the second floor rooftop, visible from the street. To enhance the ambiance of the pool area and avoid creating an eyesore for passersby, the design used Kim Lighting LED compact collards and AAL Flex and Mini-Flex sconces.
Inside the nine-story property, Prescolite products are used for nearly all task lighting in common areas and guestroom entryways. In the hotel conference rooms, Prescolite products combined with Alera Lighting’s recessed Micro6 provides volumetric lighting to fill the room, and task lighting to the neatly rowed tables and chairs.
Due to the high efficiency and long life of the LED products used, Valet Energy estimates that the lighting will save more than one million dollars in energy and maintenance costs over a ten-year period versus legacy technologies originally specified, paying for itself in just over two years.