Archive for March, 2010

Hyatt Place Houston/Sugar Land Celebrates Topping Out

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

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.