Eco-Friendly Best Western Goes ICF

hotel_best_western4When Parlin Properties and Development, Inc., of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, decided to build a hotel on 500 feet of oceanfront property, they took a long time to plan it.

"We wanted it to be eco-friendly," said Parlin's president, Steve Kruse, "and ICF walls were a big part of that effort."

Parlin, a family-owned developing and holding company, has had experience with ICF construction in the past, and knew it wanted to use insulating concrete form walls for the planned Best Western Pelican Beach Resort.

Other eco-friendly features in the hotel in addition to the Reward ICF walls are chilled water air conditioning, a gray water recycling system which yields a 50 percent reduction in water consumption, tunnel form concrete construction for interior floors and walls that stabilizes temperature fluctuations, and low-emissivity (low-e) glass.

hotel_best_western1Icon, Inc. of Ft. Myers, Florida, installed the Reward infill walls on the 12-story structure. Kruse said that by using a combination of Hardie Board fiber cement siding and stucco, the exterior of the building is covered with impervious material that is virtually maintenance free.

Reward and Icon got involved in the project after the underground parking garage, lobby level, and part of the second floor were complete.

"Because of Icon's depth of experience with the two Waterside projects in Ft. Myers, this was pretty much a routine job for us," said Harry Pilkington, Icon's general construction manager.

Pilkington added that despite problems in receiving some of the non-Reward building materials on time, the nine full stories of Reward walls were completed in approximately eight weeks.