- Skylights to let in natural light, reducing electrical consumption. During the day about
50% of the light comes from skylights. All lighting is by low-energy LED lights. The
largest skylight bi-sects the entire facility and has a length that is greater than a football
- Low energy recessed LED lighting behind the panels change colors.
- Low energy ticket-in/ticket-out slot machines use less electricity than coin slots.
- Raised flooring with electrical, computer, and air ducts for greater energy efficiency.
- A state-of-the-art HVAC air handling system moves air (and smoke) up from floor level
to the 50-foot high ceiling, where it is purified and discharged to the outside. Note the
swirl in the floor vents, to disperse the air. The vents are small to prevent ladies heels
from getting stuck.
- The ceiling is sloped from the highest point of 50 feet to the lowest point of about 12 feet.
(More space, cleaner air.)
- Centralized beverage dispensing at all bars & in all Food & Beverage outlets, reducing
waste from bottles and cans, and reducing energy used by multiple smaller cooling units.
- Seasons Buffet Kitchen also prepares Banquet meals served in the Ballroom, adding
efficiency and reducing energy used.
- Vent Hoods in all Food & Beverage outlet Kitchens vent additional purifiers in the
44,000 square foot mechanical space, where grease is trapped and air is purified before it
is vented to the outdoors. Grease is put into 55 gallon drums & hauled away, rather than
going into “grease traps” on property.
- The entire Casino & Hotel has a barrier-free design.
- Pavement, & Foundation: Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel’s green features begin with the
pavement through out the property. 100 % of the pavement from the former roads and
parking lots were used in creating pavement, concrete, curbs, gutters, and the foundation.
The excavation, concrete & asphalt sub-contractor, Team Elmer’s, recycled it by crushing
and pulverizing it into aggregate mixed with the new concrete and asphalt.
- 12 Champion Trees are planted at the Plaza, cloned from the National Champion Norway
Maple in Empire, MI.
- Mechanical Systems - Air, Water, Lighting, Natural Gas for heat & hot water, high
efficiency boilers, all designed to use less energy.
- 8 high efficiency boilers, heat & kitchens powered by Natural Gas. Used to be Propane.
Estimated payback for switch = 3 years Lower CO2 discharge.
- Water intake via well. SBR Sewage Treatment Plant - Sequencing Batch Reactor, using
3-hour cycles. Purifies 90,000 gallons per day to 99% pure, then returns it to groundwater
via drain field, where the soil naturally completes filtration.
- 2,400-square foot Green Roof, making Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel the first Casino in
Michigan with a Green Roof.
Primary Plants: Hostas, Ferns, Daylilies
- 80% of the old Turtle Creek Casino will be recycled or reused.
- Larger, fewer refrigerators & freezers for all perishable food stores require less energy.
- Trash compactor drains off liquid from waste. Captured liquid goes to sewage treatment.
- Cardboard bundled & recycled.
- Generator kicks on in less than 10-seconds, powering the facility for up to 10-12 hours.
10,000 gallon diesel fuel tank. Reduces waste from spoiled food in power failure.
- Uninterruptible Power Supplies throughout keep technology safe in event of a power
- Outside chillers are water-cooled and air-cooled adding efficiency to HVAC systems,
using less power.
- One server room for all I.T. Surveillance = more efficiency. Less power used.
- Hotel is constructed with the future in mind. Relatively easy to construct 250 additional
rooms to the East, reducing energy needed for future expansion.
- Green features add approximately 10% to costs up front, with savings on the back end.
J. Michael DeAgostino
Public Relations Manager
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Direct Phone: 231-534-6352
Toll Free: 800-748-0303, ext 6352