New Westin Hotel to be LEED certified

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Developers say the new downtown Westin Hotel in Birmingham will be one of the first "LEED Certified" hotels in the state.

"LEED" stands for leadership in energy and environmental design.

Developers showed off their designs for the Westin and the entertainment marketplace to Mayor Bell on Wednesday.

The Westin will be able to use power from the existing Sheraton to heat and cool the new hotel and it will share amenities like meeting space.

"This will be, in essence, a thousand room hotel component combined with the marketplace that we feel is really going to complete the BJCC as an effective destination entertainment district," said architect Joe Raybun.

The Westin and the marketplace are expected to open in the next 18 to 24 months.

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