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MILWAUKEE (May 5, 2015) â€“ Potawatomi Hotel & Casino announced today its hotel has attained LEEDÂ®Â Gold certification, making it the first casino hotel in Wisconsin to attain the green building honor.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, which ranks buildings on how well they save energy and water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve indoor environmental quality and their overall environmental impact.
From the time ground was broken, priority was placed on sustainability efforts. Through numerous green initiatives, the propertyâ€™s goal was to become one of the premier sustainable developments in Milwaukee.
â€œWhile obtaining LEED Gold certification is a significant achievement, the effort to obtain this certification was not about recognition,â€� said Mike Goodrich, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino General Manager. â€œOur goal was to advance sustainable business practices, which has been a long-standing tradition of the Forest County Potawatomi and a key focus at the casino for years.â€�
With the help of the propertyâ€™s design firm Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc., the construction management team of Greenfire Management Services and the Gilbane Construction Co., and the engineering firm exp U.S. Services Inc., many steps were taken to ensure the property would achieve LEEDÂ® designation.
The hotel, which opened in the summer of 2014, features 381 rooms, the propertyâ€™s newest restaurant, Locavore; a lobby bar and lounge; a coffee bar featuring Stone Creek Coffee; more than 12,000 square feet in new meeting space and refined furniture and fixtures throughout.
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is committed to green initiatives. Through strategic innovation and design, the property will continue to be a leading sustainable development in the community.