Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Stamford, CT

The new global headquarters for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in Stamford, Connecticut, is located in Harbor Point on the historical waterfront. The new workspace consists of 290,000-sf of office areas, collaboration spaces, design studios, model rooms, a conference center and The Starwood Experience creative design lab.

Syska Hennessy Group’s collaboration with the client and the project team began early in the design process. Those efforts included visits to Starwood’s previous work environment as well as design charrettes with the architects and Starwood’s staff, which all provided insight into their work processes as they design hospitality environments. Early site investigation and survey of available daylight confirmed the value of integrating a daylight harvesting system into the design. The design of efficient lighting systems and coordinating control strategies with the engineer contributed to the project receiving LEED Platinum certification as part of Starwood’s ongoing commitment to design sustainability.

The primary challenge was to provide consistent light color and rendering throughout the facility because of the variety of space types and program functions. Starwood’s staff develops hospitality environments and brand identities. The teams review furniture, fabrics, paint and carpeting as well as graphics, literature and signage. They collaborate in office spaces, open team areas, conference rooms, design studios as well as The Starwood Experience, which includes model rooms, design studios and lounges where Starwood will interface with partners and affiliates to demonstrate Starwood’s visions for various hospitality-brand identities.

Providing consistent and accurate color rendition throughout the facility was essential, along with developing a comfortable, illuminated environment for the variety of visual tasks required by diverse staff needs. Starwood’s team requested focus on this issue, and Syska responded by providing multiple reviews of working fixture samples at Starwood’s facility. This allowed them to evaluate high-efficiency fluorescent fixtures, compact fluorescent fixtures, ceramic metal-halide sources as well as emerging and evolving LED sources. The result was a lamp and fixture palate that satisfied visual needs while simultaneously providing an efficient and sustainable lighting system.

290,000 sf

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.


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