Green Renovation of Historic Fort Creates Sustainable Resort

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A group of historical buildings on 350 acres of land overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge has undergone a sustainable renovation and is now home to the Cavallo Point Lodge. The hotel, which sits on the former military site of Fort Baker, is seeking the second highest level of certification of gold, from the U.S. Green Building Council for its green building efforts.

An important sustainable attribute of the construction and renovation of the site is an extensive landscape restoration that has utilized native, drought-tolerant plants. Much of the property’s acreage has been left untouched as open space and no pesticides or fertilizers are used on the grounds. Other green building efforts include the re-use of original building materials and recycling of construction waste. Energy-efficient windows, tankless water heaters, non-toxic denim insulation, recycled-content carpeting, and lighting made from recycled tripods and plumbing parts were integrated. Water conservation and reclamation systems also help protect the environment. The electrical needs of 12 buildings on the property are met through Innovative solar film lining the long-lasting metal roofs.

Both historic and contemporary lodging is available at the resort. The structures and building materials of the 13 Bayside buildings, formerly the Officers’ residences, have been preserved with minimal impact on the land and original footprint. Original hardwood floors, organic bed linens, breathtaking views, natural daylighting and ventilation, energy efficient ceiling fans, even original artwork and photography are featured. The newly-constructed contemporary accommodations offer such green features as radiant heated floors, bamboo furnishings, and ceiling fans.

This place sounds like the perfect retreat to me, so I think the next time I would like to explore the San Francisco Bay region, wine country and redwood forests, I just might stay at this environmentally-minded resort.

Sources:  North Bay Business Journal and Cavallo Point Lodge

Tag(s): Going Green, Green Building, Green Travel

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