Proximity Hotel – Social Lobby

Proximity Hotel is an eco boutique hotel located in North Carolina, USA, it opened in 2007 and in 2008 the hotel became the first Platinum LEED (Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design) hotel in the USA. The hotel is run by Dennis Quaintance and Nancy King Quaintance and is part of the Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants group which was formed by Dennis and Mike Weaver in the 1988. As of November 2016 and after 28 years of ownership it was announced that Quaintance-Weaver had become an employee owned company that was 100% owned by its 600+ staff. This in line with the socially conscious founders and makes Quaintance-Weaver one of the few employee owned restaurant and hotel groups in the USA.

Based in Greensboro, North Carolina, the locally owned hotel carries custom designed furnishings and commissioned art with innovative design as an ongoing theme throughout. Guests are able to relax in the stylish loft like rooms and there are a range of amenities to choose from including gardens, fitness studio and bike riding, for business guests there are conference facilities and bespoke weddings also are hosted. Various European flavours can be sampled in the Print Works Bistro with creekside dining and a range of cocktails to choose from. Proximity Hotel and Print Works Bistro have a very long connection with the local area as both were named after two cotton mills in the Greensboro which were part of Cone Mills, with over a century of history in the textile industry.

As a pioneering LEED hotel, Proximity and to meet certain criteria in accordance with the Green Building Rating System developed by the U.S. Green Building Council which included have outstanding performance in six key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, indoor environmental quality and innovative design. In all Proximity hotel has more than 70 Sustainability practices, a small selection of which are listed below:

-The building uses 39.2% less energy than a conventional hotel/restaurant by using ultra efficient materials and the latest construction technology.
-The sun’s energy heats hot water with 100 solar panels covering the 4,000 square feet of rooftop (enough hot water fora hundred homes)
-700 linear feet of stream was restored by reducing erosion, planting local, adaptable plant species and rebuilding the buffers and banks.
-The bistro bar is made of salvaged, solid walnut trees that came down through sickness or storm and room service trays made of Plyboo (bamboo plywood)
-North America’s first Regenerative Drive model of the Otis Gen2 elevator reduces net energy usage by capturing the systems energy and feeds it back into the buildings internal electrical grid.
-Abundant natural lighting, including large energy-efficient “operable” windows connect guests to the outdoors by achieving a direct line of sight to the outdoor environment for more than 97% of all regularly occupied spaces.

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