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Nov. 20 2007, (Jackson Hole, Wyo.) – Luxury and sustainability can join forces with unprecedented results. This will be evident when Hotel Terra opens in Jackson Hole this winter season. Hotel Terra will offer the exceptional amenities and services expected from boutique hotels, while adhering to strict environmentally sustainable building and operating practices. In fact, Hotel Terra will be one of just five LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified hotels in the United States.

The 72-room, six-story Hotel Terra is a condominium hotel property built on a half-acre site, slope-side to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, within Bridger Teton National Forest, and at the gateway to Grand Teton National Park. While firmly dedicated to protecting these spectacular natural surroundings, Hotel Terra also possesses the traits of leading boutique hotels: sophisticated design, superior service, thoughtful amenities, and ultramodern technology. This ‘eco-boutique’ approach will guide the hotel collection as it grows, with each new property focused on minimal environmental impact and an extraordinary guest experience. By 2015, Terra Resort Group will run more than a dozen Hotel Terra properties in resort locations worldwide.

Hotel Design
Hotel Terra’s design is inspired by the stunning natural landscapes of Jackson Hole and its welcoming western hospitality, while also incorporating modern materials, clean lines, and urban touches. Indigenous products in a modern application, such as rough-hewn lumber with steel detailing, granite stonework lit by fanciful light fixtures, and a flagstone fireplace set against a wall of deep red leather tiles, demonstrate the fusion of old and new. The property’s atmosphere resonates with health and relaxation, with better air quality, ample natural lighting, and thermal comfort created through environmentally conscious design.
Featuring the Chill Spa, a fully equipped fitness center, the ‘Terra Living Room,’ a rooftop hot tub, two restaurants, and a snowboard retail and ski rental shop, Hotel Terra offers vibrant and inviting public spaces for guests to enjoy. As a condominium hotel, Hotel Terra’s 72 guest rooms include single guest rooms, and one, two, or three bedroom suites. Each guest room or suite will be outfitted with Bose surround sound speakers, flat screen televisions, and high-performance touch screen telephones. Guests will have complementary wireless access throughout the hotel and guest rooms.
The LEED Green Building Rating System was developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and is the nationally accepted standard for green buildings. LEED provides innovative strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor air quality. These guidelines are designed to result in minimal environmental impact during the construction and life of the building, and to promote the health and well being of the inhabitants.
Examples of LEED and other environmentally sustainable elements of Hotel Terra:

  • 80% recycled content in the steel used throughout the building structure
  • 100% recycled “Eco Shake” roof shingles
  • Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) carpets and pads, sealants, paint, and adhesives used exclusively throughout
  • Exclusive use of non-CFC producing refrigerants
  • Reduced particle pollution through the off-site cutting of prefabricated walls manufactured in an enclosed shop
  • More than 50% of construction waste reused or recycled
  • The substitution of fly ash, a coal burning byproduct, for 50% of the cement used in the concrete for the building – reducing landfill            disposal of solid waste, energy used to produce the concrete, and natural resources that would otherwise be implemented
  • Renewable or recycled materials, including bamboo, marble or granite chips, crushed glass, teak, and even seatbelts in finishes throughout the Hotel
  • Dual flush toilets, low flow water fixtures, waterless urinals in men’s public restrooms, and native landscaping requiring no irrigation after initial introduction – accounting for a 24% reduction in water use
  • The collection of runoff water at the building site in an underground tank, where it is filtered and released at a drip back into the environment, to reduce the potential pollution of rivers, streams, and surrounding land
  • Energy-efficient heating and cooling systems to customize temperature by individual zones
  • Energy Star approved, extremely efficient windows, with Low E and a highly reflective coating that protects interiors from infrared light – keeping heat inside during the winter and outside during the summer, and reducing the need for supplemental heating or cooling
  • An exterior snowmelt system activated through thermal and humidity sensors, so it is only in use when necessary
  • Wind power accounting for more than 35% of power purchased for the Hotel
  • Access to alternative or energy efficient transportation for guests and employees
  • Radiant heating in the parking garage floor (the entire ground level of the hotel) to reduce heat loss and minimize energy use
  • Chemical free cleaning and laundry products
  • Natural daylight and access to outdoor views in more than 90% of the hotel
  • Light pollution elimination to prevent the disruption of the nocturnal environment and migratory patterns
  • Outside air circulation into the guestrooms and capture of 81% of the heat from the exiting stale air through energy recovery technology

Terra Resort Group
Formed in November 2006, Terra Resort Group boasts a highly credentialed pedigree of operational and business talent. Company President Jamie Yarrow calls on 18 years of experience with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, most recently as General Manager of Four Seasons Palm Beach, and previously, leading the opening management team for Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole. Several industry veterans joined Yarrow’s Terra Resort Group team, lending an innate understanding of intuitive service and seamless operations. Rob DesLauriers, Chairman of Terra Resort Group and the developer of Hotel Terra, is a former professional skier turned developer and hotelier. Among other successes, DesLauriers launched the adjacent slope-side Teton Mountain Lodge in 2002, a 129-room luxury hotel that emulates the great park lodges of the American West.

Terra Resort Group’s values as a company are firmly grounded in environmental responsibility and an evolutionary approach to hospitality, where excellence and innovation works with conscientious business practices and forward-thinking design to create an exceptional guest experience.


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