MARRIOTT WAIOHAI KEEPS ITS COOL
When Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club on Kauai opened in 2003, management quickly learned that the island had the highest utility rates in the country, and kilowatt costs were still rising.
“Almost every property on the island has had to install some type of energy management system in order to combat the rising utility costs here,” says Peter Villatora, director of facilities at the 231-unit timeshare resort. “We knew we had to find the most efficient and cost-effective energy management system on the market to help us meet our objectives.”
The resort conducted side-by-side tests of three products to measure energy cost savings as well as the ease of use for guests and maintenance staff of each system.
As a result of the tests, the resort installed the Onity SensorStat DDC II digital thermostat in all 231 two-bedroom villas. Sensors were also installed on all guest-room doors and balcony access doors, so the AC automatically shuts off when doors are left open for a period of time. Since installation, HVAC kilowatt consumption has been reduced by 20-30 percent, and the Onity system has already nearly paid for itself.
“What really set the Onity system apart was the projected ROI,” says Villatora. “Although other systems came close to generating the level of energy savings that Onity provided, they were much more expensive initially. The Onity SensorStat system offered an ideal combination of simplicity, efficiency and value, with an excellent payback period. We also liked the way the PIR (passive infrared) occupancy sensor was incorporated directly into the digital thermostat, which made installation very simple. The other systems were more complicated to install and operate.”
The design of the Upper-Zone table truck from Midwest Folding Products protects inventory and staff while improving safety and saving loading time. The inclined bed design, in conjunction with a padded backstop and end stops, prevents tables from sliding off during transport and assures neat stacking. Heavy-gauge steel construction holds up to constant use and punishment.
ATM Systems provides elegant, custom ATM solutions for the hospitality industry. Whether one prefers traditional or more contemporary designs, the company ensures that it will provide ATMs an elegant appearance that blends nicely with hotel décor.
CheckinHere, a new self-service kiosk solution from Kinetics, a subsidiary of NCR Corp., makes it possible for consumers to check in for their airline flights at off-airport locations such as hotels. The self-service solution uses a centralized service that unifies all of Kinetics' airline partners onto one screen for a consistent look and feel in every location for every carrier. It also allows passengers to retrieve multiple reservations, change seats and select baggage-handling services, where available.
Denver Mattress offers the ultimate night's sleep on its sleep system and a guarantee that guests will experience a soothing night's sleep. The company offers an entire package with extensive product lines for an easy shopping experience.
Showtime introduces a new show on the cutting edge of comedy: Barbershop The Series, from the producers of the Barbershop movies. The program premiers on August 14.
LodgeNet is integrating SigNETure TV, SigNETure HDTV and SigNETure PC into SigNETure Solutions for hoteliers. LodgeNet offers an HDTV solution using the Pro:Idiom security technology necessary to deliver high-definition premium satellite and video-on-demand entertainment. SigNETure Solutions can deliver an in-room TV experience with daily subscription sports, time-shifted programming and PowerPlay playback controls.
Premium Choice has become Classic Coffee Concepts' most popular four-cup in-room coffee. The coffee features porous filter paper and a round filter pouch that work together to extract maximum coffee flavor. Premium Choice four-cup filter pouch regular or decaffeinated coffee is available with 200 packs per case.
The new Bunn one-gallon Infusion Series coffee brewer (ICB) uses BrewWISE technology to brew into 1- or 1.5-gallon ThermoFresh servers and airpots. The digital system enables the ICB to use pre-infusion and Pulse-Brew technologies for maximum flavor extraction for specialty coffees.
VingCard offers advanced upgrade solutions for all existing card locking systems. The company offers a wide choice of style, finish and handle combinations to meet changing needs. The Classic lock series can be configured to match the design of any property. Seamless installation is accomplished while ensuring the hotel remains fully operational. It also offers PMS software interfaces and training program for a painless front desk transition.
Leisure Lite Industries offers a new addition to its aluminum furniture portfolio. The Nevis Lounge features welded, tubular, maintenance-free aluminum on the contract fabric sling. Lightweight to move around easily on fixed wheels, a patented design feature allows it to lock into place with “wheels up” for a secure installation.
LB Furniture Industries offers both indoor and outdoor restaurant and common area furniture for hospitality environments. Model A 4 is an aluminum stack chair with a hand-painted faux rattan finish and two-tone woven seat and back. The model is offered in a variety of finishes and is part of the company's new In-door/Outdoor Series I group of seating and tables.
The Revolution showerhead from Moen spins each water droplet while simultaneously twisting the whole shower stream, enveloping hotel guests in water and giving the perception of higher flow and pressure. The design has no pre-set showerhead functions, so guests can manipulate the water's force, frequency and coverage to attain the perfect shower. A non-slip material is used on the dial, so it is easy to find with closed eyes and easy to turn in a wet environment, claims the company.
Thos. Baker unveils the Gathering Table and Stools, part of its 2005 Bainbridge Collection. The company has taken a conventional teak furniture style and redesigned it for a new look to add pizzazz to an outdoor patio.
TotalVision is a provider of In-Room Entertainment. Its systems include Video on Demand, just-released movie selections, Internet television with wireless keyboards, cutting-edge games with wireless game pads and in-room Internet wiring services. TotalVision solutions are accomplished through state-of-the-art digital equipment.
Ice and Water Dispensers
Hoshizaki's air-cooled cubelet ice and water dispenser is a hands-free operational unit producing up to 288 pounds of ice within 24 hours. The self-contained design reduces opportunities for cross contamination and the CleanCycle12 design performs a 15-minute flush every 12 hours which washes away impurities, leading to longer machine life and cleaner ice.
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