Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 37

PHOTO COURTESY OF 1 HOTEL BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK

 5-MINUTE READING TIME

easy control from a single keypad, AND a
"Good Night" button sits beside the bed
so guests can shut off all the lights in
the room with one button press. Do-notdisturb is also electronic; guests can
press a button to request privacy. Climate
control is also automated, helping to provide the vital energy management data.
Behind the scenes management can also
use this data to see status of room occupancy so that they can properly delegate
service teams.
It does become more advanced than
traditional hotel automation, where a
floor-to-ceiling window opens to bring
in fresh air, and a sensor protects the
room by automatically deactivating the
air conditioning to conserve energy. And,

when a storm is coming, the system can
shut the window in preparation.
Designing a system like this with
many devices is a challenge because
technology progresses so quickly. The
guestrooms, ballrooms, rooftop deck,
and public spaces were equipped with
the latest in automation, audiovisual,
communications and energy management, but the system also can evolve
to work with the latest smartphones,
laptops and tablets that guests now bring
into the hotel, as well as new technologies that 1 Hotel may take on later.
Technology is always evolving, becoming newer, better, faster and cheaper.
Mode:Green recognized this and maximized the system capabilities to scale
and evolve over time based on the goals
of Starwood, while maintaining the project budget. To address this, Mode:Green
selected automation provider Control4
and its dedicated Hospitality Solution
for easy hotel operation. This choice was
crucial to maintain the budget; it hadn't
been in the original designs. Switching
to it ended up saving Starwood Capital
around $400,000. Control4 was chosen
because of its simple and intuitive guest
experience. "That falls right in line with
what we do overall, not just in hotels but
also in homes and businesses," commented David Phillips, director of hospitality and MDU sales for Control4. "In
a hotel room, you have no idea who'll be
staying there. The technology needs to
have a short learning curve and require
no training on the guest's part to control
the system."
Once the system is designed based
on the needs of the installation - in this
case, focusing on the energy management capability - and the additional
feature and budget considerations of
Starwood, the system is installed during construction. This project is unique
among many hotel installations because
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge's technology went in as it was being built, not
retrofitted to an existing hotel. While

the technology is often the last piece
installed, it does need to be planned
at the start of the design phase when
the lighting, architecture, interior, and
other parts of the building are being created to ensure that the technology will
work with the existing plans and can be
installed at the optimal time.
To ensure that every light switch,
remote and thermostat is put in the right
place, Mode:Green deploys a complex
cataloguing and multi-tiered shipping
process. This helps to deliver devices to
the correct room, at the correct time during the installation, since some pieces
may need to be wired in, where other
devices, such as light switches, need to
go in last after the walls are finished.
As the final step before opening,
each room is tested by Mode:Green for
proper function. For 1 Hotel Brooklyn
Bridge, the process was made easier
with Control4's central-server programming that allowed faster configuration, and it was another reason why
it was selected for the property. All of
the considerations and construction
methods that were taken into account
to make 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park
a smarter hotel contribute to its guest
experience, brand story, and will make
a true impact in energy-saving efforts
today and in the future. Thought leaders
such as Starwood are seeking out this
type of integration as an early adopter.
These hoteliers are making changes
in the industry little by little, and creating a new experience expectation
for guests.
■
Bill Lally is the president
of hospitality integration
firm Mode:Green. He
has extensive experience
and background in a
variety of areas ranging
from commercial audiovisual and
control systems to energy management,
broadcast, recording, post-production
and hospitality.

TODAYSHOTELIER.COM | SEPTEMBER 2017 | 37


http://www.TODAYSHOTELIER.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Today's Hotelier - September 2017

Our National Parks: Still Beautiful but in Need of Repairs
Sustainability Steadily Becoming Part of Lodging Industry Dna
Energy Efficiency Good for Wallet – and Guests
Aahoa Interview
Technology
There’s More to Led Conversions Than Just Cost Savings
Case Study
Aahoa Interview
Small Business
Housekeeping
Property Taxes
Leadership
Marketing
Finance q&a
Back of the House
Final Thoughts
Letter From the Chairman
Letter From the President & CEO
Aahoa Founding Members
Aahoa @ Industry
Classifieds
Advertiser Index
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - intro
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - cover1
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - cover2
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 3
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 4
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 5
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 6
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 7
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 8
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 9
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Letter From the Chairman
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 11
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Letter From the President & CEO
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 13
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Our National Parks: Still Beautiful but in Need of Repairs
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 15
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Sustainability Steadily Becoming Part of Lodging Industry Dna
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 17
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 18
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 19
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 20
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 21
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Energy Efficiency Good for Wallet – and Guests
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 23
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 24
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 25
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Aahoa Interview
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 27
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 28
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 29
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Technology
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 31
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - There’s More to Led Conversions Than Just Cost Savings
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 33
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 34
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 35
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Case Study
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 37
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Aahoa Interview
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 39
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Small Business
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 41
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Housekeeping
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 43
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Property Taxes
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 45
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Leadership
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 47
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 48
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 49
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Marketing
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 51
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 52
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 53
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Finance q&a
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 55
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Back of the House
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 57
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 58
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 59
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Aahoa Founding Members
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 61
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Aahoa @ Industry
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 63
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 64
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Classifieds
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 66
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 67
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 68
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 69
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 70
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 71
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 72
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 73
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 74
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Advertiser Index
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Final Thoughts
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 77
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 78
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - cover3
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - cover4
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM0518
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM0418
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM0318
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM0218
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM0118
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM1217
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM1117
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM1017
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM0917
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM0817
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM0717
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM0617
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM0517
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM0417
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM0317
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM0217
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM0117
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM1216
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM1116
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM1016
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM0916
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM0816
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM0716
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM0616
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM0516
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAHOM/AAHOM0416
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com