Vision Hospitality Group’s Hampton Inn & Suites Becomes First Silver LEED Certified Hotel in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, TN – 2012-10-19 — / — Vision Hospitality Group’s Hampton Inn & Suites Chattanoooga/Downtown received Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for New Construction on Sept. 25, distinguishing the property as the first to achieve this status in the City of Chattanooga. LEED is a rating system used by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to identify and recognize building developers and operators for their leadership in social responsibility and environmental vigilance. Major factors for measuring the comprehensive effectiveness of the building’s performance include green building design, construction, operations and maintenance methods. “Seeking Silver LEED Certification was a priority for our flagship property,” Vision President & CEO Mitch Patel said. “We have always sought to be leaders and innovators in the hotel industry and place sustainability and community stewardship at the head of each project, which is exemplified by this significant achievement at the Hampton Inn & Suites Chattanooga/Downtown.” The USGBC established LEED as a voluntary program with the intention of developing a standard for environmental awareness that yields such outcomes as better indoor quality for occupants, conservation of both energy and water, lower operating costs and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the USGBC website. The property’s architect, Craig Peavy of River Street Architecture in Chattanooga, explained that there are several features that qualified the Hampton Inn & Suites Chattanoooga/Downtown for Silver certification, including:

  • Large guestroom and ground floor windows that increase the use of daylight and therefore help decrease the amount of energy used to light the building.
  • High efficiency units and heat wheel energy recovery equipment that have been installed to recover energy that would normally be lost.
  • A system that collects and temporarily holds storm water runoff.
  • Low flow faucets to limit the amount of water used in all the property’s sinks.
  • A hotel roof that boasts a white membrane that reflects the sun’s heat, about 15-20 percent better than other colors. The less heat absorbed by the building the easier it is to cool the building.
  • The property’s walkable, convenient location with access to public transportation for guests and associates.
  • Exterior LED light fixtures, the most efficient lighting option in the market, have been installed.

“With much thanks to our corporate team, architect and property general manager, we have succeeded in fulfilling our vision to achieve this LEED status,” Patel said. “Accomplishments such as this not only adhere to our company’s core values, but also encourage and motivate us to further Vision’s goal to be the best, most respected hotel company in America.”   The Hampton Inn & Suites additionally leverages Hilton Worldwide’s LightStayTM sustainability program, which helps reduce the property’s environmental footprint by tracking and analyzing operational practices, such as housekeeping, paper product usage, food waste, chemical storage, air quality, and transportation.   For more information about the Hampton Inn & Suites Chattanooga/Downtown, please visit the hotel’s website here.

About Vision Hospitality Group, Inc.
Chattanooga-based Vision Hospitality Group, Inc. is a leading hotel management and development company that has successfully grown in the Southeast and Midwest regions of the country. With an unwavering commitment to quality and integrity, Vision promotes a culture of empowerment and respect for its associates. Although the company’s roots date back to 1978, Vision Hospitality Group, Inc. was officially formed in 1997 by President & CEO Mitch Patel. Still family-owned and operated today, Vision boasts a corporate portfolio consisting of 17 hotels with a market value of over $250 million. Vision develops, owns and operates premium select and full-service hotels affiliated with the Hilton, Marriott, InterContinental and Hyatt brands. To learn more about Vision Hospitality Group, Inc., visit or connect with us at or

Erica Hudock
Vision Hospitality Group
423-892-1010 x222

John Walls
Director, Global Brand Public Relations, Hampton Hotels
901 374 6383

About Hampton Hotels
The Hampton brand, including Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites and Hampton by Hilton, is an award-winning leader in the mid-priced hotel segment. With nearly 1,900 properties globally, Hampton Hotels is part of Hilton Worldwide, the leading global hospitality company. All Hampton Hotels offer warm surroundings and a friendly service culture and personality, defined as “Hamptonality,” supported by its 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. High-quality accommodations, in-room conveniences and the latest technology, combined with numerous locations and consistent offerings, have made Hampton a leader in its segment and one of the fastest growing hotel brands globally. For more information about Hampton Hotels, please visit or or connect with us at, or

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,900 hotels and timeshare properties, with 640,000 rooms in 90 countries and territories and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Visit for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at,,, and


Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for New Construction on Sept. 25, distinguishing the property as the first to achieve this status in the City of Chattanooga. Credit: Hampton Hotels

Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for New Construction on Sept. 25, distinguishing the property as the first to achieve this status in the City of Chattanooga. Credit: Hampton Hotels