By: Diane Benjamin
I found this one while looking for something else – the other story tomorrow.
Normal prides itself on being “green” and being environment politically correct.
Have you heard them talk about LEED Certification?
Here’s what that means according to Wikipedia:
Of course this makes construction more expensive. Normal has building codes requiring LEED compliance. (see below)
LEED construction is required except when friends are involved. Of maybe Normal was desperate to fill the empty hole in Uptown along with the spot east of the Marriott and the rules were bent to get it done.
The now Hyatt and 1 Uptown Circle (with the still empty first floor) were a package deal. Guess who was exempted from LEED standards?
The documentation doesn’t say why the hotel was exempt but 1 Uptown Circle wasn’t. It does show everybody was more worried about the looks of the buildings than function.
See the Council action from October 21, 2013 here: Hyatt Leed waiver
Was it too expensive to build the Hyatt LEED compliant? Of did nobody care since the guests could just be charged more to cover higher energy bills?
If anybody wants to build in Normal, request a waiver from LEED. I’d love to know the answer you get.