March 24th, 2010

Hyatt Place Houston/Sugar Land Celebrates Topping Out

The 214-room hotel is expected to open in the first quarter of 2011,
bringing a traveler favorite to Lake Pointe Town Center

SUGAR LAND, Texas (March 24, 2010) – Take a good look at the beam construction workers will hoist into place March 24 as Hyatt Place Houston/Sugar Land tops out. That piece of steel might seem silver, but it is decidedly green.

Hyatt Place Houston/Sugar Land is being built with cold-forged steel framing, a material that is made of at least 25 percent recycled content and is itself 100 percent recyclable. Using steel framing rather than lumber or concrete is earth-friendly in other ways, too:

• Building with steel results in less waste at the construction site, reducing scrap from 20 percent with lumber to 2 percent with steel, according to the Steel Framing Alliance.
• Steel resists mold and insects such as termites and carpenter ants; lumber does not.
• Steel does not off-gas or emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
• Steel is lighter than wood, so transporting it uses less fossil fuel.
• The lighter weight reduces requirements for the hotel’s foundation, meaning a smaller building footprint and less disruption of environmentally sensitive areas.

A topping out ceremony marks the completion of a building’s highest point. Hyatt Place Houston/Sugar Land is a nine-story structure, and that point is 107 feet above ground.

The 214-room hotel is expected to open in early 2011 and will be the first newly built Hyatt Place in the Greater Houston area, and at 214 rooms, it will be one of the largest properties to open in the fast- growing Hyatt Place brand.

Hyatt Place Houston/Sugar Land will have a fresh, contemporary look that blends seamlessly with the Lake Pointe Town Center development and makes the most of a scenic location on the 37-acre Brooks Lake.

The first Hyatt Place hotel opened in 2006, and it quickly has become a top hotel brand. Corporate travel buyers named it No. 1 for overall price/value relationship, in-room amenities, business amenities and business center in the Business Travel News 2010 U.S. Hotel Chain Survey. Other recent accolades include “Best Hotel Chain Value” in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2009 Best in Business Travel Awards and 2009 “Best Hotel Chain for the Buck” from Health Magazine.

Woodbine Development Corporation of Dallas and a subsidiary of Hyatt Hotels & Resorts of Chicago formed a joint venture to develop the hotel on 3.7 acres along Brooks Lake.  Woodbine also owns Hyatt Place Phoenix/Gilbert, which opened in 2009.

Hyatt Place hotels are specially designed to accommodate today’s lifestyle, offering amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi access, a StayFit@Hyatt fitness center, a coffee and wine bar serving Starbucks® specialty coffees and premium wine and beer, and the Grab ‘n Go case stocked with freshly made sandwiches and salads. The Guest Kitchen offers made-to-order breakfast, lunch and dinner entrées around the clock, in addition to the complimentary continental breakfast served daily. Specially trained Hosts are on hand to offer assistance with everything from directions to check-in to a freshly made
meal.

Spacious guestrooms feature multiple areas to work and relax and include the Cozy Corner, an eight-foot couch; plush Hyatt Grand Bed; and ergonomic work center.  Every guestroom is also equipped with a state-of-the-art media center that allows electronic devices to plug directly into the 42-inch high definition television, giving guests instant access to the technological amenities they’re accustomed to
accessing at home or in the office.