We have written about numerous LEED certified projects, or projects aiming for LEED certification, but it was just the other day that I actually got to experience my first LEED certified project—the Hotel Indigo San Diego, which just opened a few weeks ago (just in time for the craziness that is Comic Con). And now I am hooked! Just walking in, you feel the difference. Open, airy, bright. It just feels good. I know, that may sound cheesey, but its true.
And it is exciting. The hotel is the first LEED hotel in San Diego, and only the 7th in California, and the first LEED certified hotel for InterContinental in the U.S. It also helped that the hotel’s architect Joseph Wong gave me a behind the scenes tour with the hotel’s PR rep Robert Arends. (Locally based Wong worked on the project with Atlanta-based Design Directions International.) The best part was a sneak peak at the green roof (another first for the area).
A local feel was key, so much so that there is $300,000 worth of commissioned art pieces including one 12 stories up. Named Indigo Waters, the 40-foot exterior wall sculpture is made of 33 handpainted, laminated, and tempered blue-colored glass panels by local artist Lisa Schirmer.
Barely any light fixtures are needed thanks to Nano Walls that open up the lobby (helps that San Diego is having better-than-average weather right now). I am personally excited because the hotel is dog friendly and the Phi Bar and Bistro will have doggy happy hours starting in September.
I know locals will soon be grabbing a drink on the Phi Terrace, which has a perfect view into Petco Park. Would be better if the Padres were winning more games than loosing, but the cocktail list will be a draw of its own. It includes drinks made with the herbs from this floor’s herb garden. Makes me wonder how I start my own garden.