Syracuseâ??s eco-friendly Hotel Skyler and Melo Center awarded LEED certificate

Skyler Hotel receives award

Syracuse University's Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center and Hotel Skyler were awarded LEED Platinum Certification by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) on Tuesday.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation's pre-eminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

The Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center,

which opened in 2009

, is a 54,000 square-foot complex named for former Orange basketball standout and New York Knick Carmelo Anthony.


Syracuse University

community celebrated this distinction in at an event at the Melo Center on Tuesday with the

USGBCâ??s President

, CEO and Founding Member Richard Fedrizzi.

"Syracuse University has cultivated one of the nation's best college basketball programs, on and off the court," says Fedrizzi. "The Melo Center's LEED certification underscores that commitment to leadership and provides a healthful setting for Syracuse players and staff, while setting a precedent for how we think about and design athletic facilities everywhere."


LEED certification

for the Carmelo Center is a significant milepost on SU's road to a more sustainable future," said Syracuse University Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor in a written statement. "Our growing portfolio of certifiably green buildings vividly demonstrates that we are contributing to a healthier, sustainable environment for our both local and global communities.â??

Syracuse University says the building is designed to use 30 percent less water, and almost 20% less energy than a typical new building. More than half of the construction and demolition waste was recycled or reused and about 20% of the materials used in the building are made from recycled materials.

The Melo Center is the latest addition to the University's portfolio of LEED-certified buildings, which includes Ernie Davis Hall, the Syracuse Center of Excellence, and two Near Westside 'From the Ground Up' homes.

Hotel Skyer

is a 58-room hotel located in Syracuseâ??s University Hill district. It is the only hotel in Central New York, the third hotel in the U.S., and the tenth hotel in the world, to have achieved LEED Platinum.

The achievement was recognized in ceremony at Hotel Skyler with the USGBCâ??s President, CEO and Founding Member Richard Fedrizzi.

Hotel Skyler says it

purchases 35% of its electricity from â??Green certifiedâ?? renewable energy providers. The hotel is built with continuous spay foam insulation and high-performance replacement windows which contribute to an energy-efficient building shell.

Room keys activate lights and heating/cooling at a receiver by each door. When the key is removed from the card receiver, the room power down with the exception of one outlet, which remains powered for charging electronics.

Hotel Skyler says it has a number of features that help minimize storm water runoff and has low-flow bathroom fixtures in all of the rooms.