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Mr. Basler

Shawn Basler

Principal, Perkins Eastman

Shawn Basler AIA is a Principal at Perkins Eastman and a leader in the design of internationally recognized architectural and planning projects. With more than 17 years of experience, Mr. Basler's work has ranged from hotels and resorts, office buildings, and residential development to industrial and commercial planning and development projects. Mr. Basler frequently leads projects from initial concept, planning, and programming through technical design, offering comprehensive professional design services throughout. He has taken on this leadership role in the firm for numerous projects located throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Prior to joining Perkins Eastman, Mr. Basler was a founding member of Basler Mosa Design Group. Before that, he was an Associate at Brennan Beer Gorman Architects in New York City. He is a registered architect licensed in the States of New York, New Jersey, and Missouri. He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). He also holds membership with the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Planning Association (APA).

Mr. Basler can be contacted at 212-353-7200 or s.basler@perkinseastman.com

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.