The newly opened Hilton Garden Inn® Springfield hosted a grand opening on Thursday, June 23, 2011. The festivities included a ribbon-cutting
ceremony, local and organic food, wine and beer sampling, an “Ozarks Green Tour” and a concert provided by local favorite Big Smith.
The self-guided Ozarks Green Tour highlights the unique features that qualify Hilton Garden Inn® as Missouri’s first hotel designed to LEED Gold
standards. The LEED system is a green building rating system which encompasses nationally accepted benchmarks for the design, construction
and operation of high performance buildings. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED certified projects are healthier and safer for
occupants and are a physical demonstration of the values of the organizations that own and occupy them.
Sustainable features of the hotel include a geothermal HVAC system in the Pavilion, meeting rooms and all common areas, a salt water
swimming pool, solar panels to generate electricity, a solar reflective roof, a concrete parking lot with fly ash content, high efficiency electrical
and water fixtures, full recycling and waste food composting system, native grasses and drought-resistant landscaping without permanent
irrigation and more.
On Thursday, July 28, 2011, Missouri Meetings & Events took
family, friends and clients to watch the St. Louis Cardinals battle
the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium. Photos courtesy of Elise Clote.
Left: MM&E Intern Hannah Psalm Vohra and Emily Clote,
students from The University of Mississippi.
Middle: From left to right, MM&E’s Veena Uberoi, Alexander
Dahlheimer, Michael Dahlheimer, Seema Dahlheimer and
Right: Cindy Montiel, A.V.P. at Bank of America, and MM&E’s