Salem News: "Hawthorne Hotel, Appleton Farms win green grants"

Edith Shi | Mar 24, 2010

[Nexamp note: The Hawthorne Hotel project is being designed and installed by Nexamp.]

Salem News: "Hawthorne Hotel, Appleton Farms win green grants." March 24, 2010.

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Ethan Forman

The Hawthorne Hotel in Salem and Appleton Farms in Ipswich were among 11 energy efficiency projects statewide that will share $16.25 million in federal stimulus money, Gov. Deval Patrick and Lt. Gov. Tim Murray announced.

"The Hawthorne Hotel and Appleton Farms are two deserving sites for these federal funds," Congressman John Tierney said in a statement.

The Hawthorne Hotel's owner, Three Corners Realty Trust, has teamed up with Nexamp of North Andover to win a $1.4 million grant for a deep energy retrofit to reduce the historic building's annual energy use by 50 percent.

The hotel will replace light bulbs and get a high-efficiency hot water distribution system. The hotel will also install geothermal heating and cooling and high-efficiency interior distribution systems, displacing natural gas heat.

"It is exciting to be a historic property and still be on the cutting edge of technology and green initiatives," said Kristie Poehler, regional director of sales and marketing for the hotel.

Appleton Farms will get new exterior super-insulation, air source heat pumps and solar thermal hot water systems. This project is part of a $650,000 grant to the Architectural Heritage Foundation in partnership with Historic New England and the Trustees of Reservations to retrofit three historic Bay State properties.

The Salem and Ipswich projects are expected to start in April.

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