Pittsburgh these days is no stranger to hotel construction. In the last decade new buildings to accommodate overnight guests have sprouted up on the South Side, the North Shore, Downtown and even the Strip District.
The latest addition to put heads in beds is the luxury Fairmont Hotel inside the new Three PNC Plaza Tower on Fifth Avenue. The 185 rooms, which will occupy the 14th to 23rd floors, go for $179 to $3,000 a night. But that's not the most unusual feature of the hotel that's scheduled to open today.
The Fairmont expects to be one of the first LEED certified hotels in Pittsburgh. The building is seeking a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council.
Among the "green" features of the Fairmont are: a design to save 930,000 gallons of water annually, guest rooms served by ventilation units that supply 100 percent outside air; guest room furniture produced within 500 miles of Pittsburgh and 75 percent of the waste accumulated during construction diverted from landfills.
That's a welcome sign of sustainability and responsible use of resources. Going green is Fairmont's way of rolling out the red carpet for its customers.