[UPDATE] Tallahassee "Round Hotel" Winners to be Announced

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

[UPDATE] May 23, 2011 Noon -

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. – The Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown announces the Top Three winners of its “Tallahassee Sustainability” art contest today. Bo Schmitz, General Manager, and Cheryl Hatcher, Director of Sales, presented the First Place award to Amber Hiler and her piece titled, “Education Cultivation Sustains Community Growth (FAMU); Second Place was awarded to Peter Koenig and his piece titled, “Temptation of Nature”(FSU); and Third Place went to Cory Williams for his work titled, “Mind Funk” (FAMU).

Ten local university students were issued a 4’ x 8’ sheet of plywood to use as their canvas. The entries were judged by 5 local dignitaries, including the Honorable Mayor John Marks on Tuesday, May 10th. Later that day, the entries were posted at the hotel’s front entrance for public viewing. In addition, photos were placed on the hotel’s Facebook page for additional voting as the sixth judge in the final results.

The Four Points by Sheraton “Round Hotel” in Downtown Tallahassee will be undergoing a multi-million dollar complete property transformation over the next several months, which has been a city landmark since 1968. The project is on track to receive the City’s first hotel certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. This certification will also be the Four Points brand’s first LEED-certified hotel in the world, and will represent a dedicated focus to responsible building and development practices, ensuring the facility is positioned to have a positive impact on environmental and health performance.

“Our art contest focused on sending a powerful message of sustainability throughout our entire community. It is a visual display of the immense impact each of us can make in lessening our combined carbon footprint by the decisions we make on a daily basis” said Bo Schmitz, General Manager.

The hotel will feature many amenities to highlight the hotel’s commitment to a sustainable lifestyle. A few examples include renewable flooring selections like cork, teak or bamboo, filtered water filling stations throughout the hotel to limit the use of plastic bottles, and bicycles on site for our guests to utilize during their stay to reduce carbon emissions.

The judging of the art contest centered on the following four criteria: Visual message, Manuscript description, Creativity and incorporating the local Community in their entry.

“We are very proud of the students who participated in the contest. Each entry showed great passion for their craft and indeed sent a powerful message to the community and how each of us can make a difference” Schmitz said.

Upon announcing the winners, the top three entries received the following prize money: 1st Place - $2,500, 2nd Place - $1,000, and 3rd Place - $500. Eighty percent of the prize money will be contributed to the University Department of the winning students. Twenty percent will be awarded directly to the winning students.

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[UPDATE] May 23, 2011 Noon -

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. – The Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown will announce the 3 winners of its “Tallahassee Sustainability” art contest on Monday, May 23rd at 10am. Ten local university students were issued a 4’ x 8’ sheet of plywood to use as their canvas. The entries were judged by 5 local dignitaries, including the Honorable Mayor John Marks on Tuesday, May 10th. Later that day, the entries were posted at the hotel’s front entrance for public viewing. In addition, photos were placed on the hotel’s Facebook page for additional voting as the sixth judge in the final results.

The “Round Hotel” in Downtown Tallahassee will be undergoing a multi-million dollar complete property transformation over the next several months, which has been a city landmark since 1968. The project is on track to receive the City’s first hotel certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. This certification will also be the Four Points brand’s first LEED-certified hotel in the world, and will represent a dedicated focus to responsible building and development practices, ensuring the facility is positioned to have a positive impact on environmental and health performance.

“Our art contest focused on sending a powerful message of sustainability throughout our entire community. It is a visual display of the immense impact each of us can make in lessening our combined carbon footprint by the decisions we make on a daily basis” said Bo Schmitz, General Manager.

The hotel will feature many amenities to highlight the hotel’s commitment to a sustainable lifestyle. A few examples include renewable flooring selections like cork, teak or bamboo, filtered water filling stations throughout the hotel to limit the use of plastic bottles, and bicycles on site for our guests to utilize during their stay to reduce carbon emissions.

The judging of the art contest centered on the following four criteria: Visual message, Manuscript description, Creativity and incorporating the local Community in their entry.

“We are very proud of the students who participated in the contest. Each entry showed great passion for their craft and indeed sent a powerful message to the community and how each of us can make a difference” Schmitz said.

Upon announcing the winners, the top three entries will receive the following prize money: 1st Place - $2,500, 2nd Place - $1,000, and 3rd Place - $500. Eighty percent of the prize money will be contributed to the University Department of the winning students. Twenty percent will be awarded directly to the winning students.

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UPDATE May 23, 2011

Ten local university students were issued a 4'X8' sheet of plywood to use as their canvas. The entries were judged by five local dignitaries, including Mayor John Marks on May 10th. Later that day, the entries were posted at the hotel's front entrance for public viewing. In addition, photos were placed on the hotel's Facebook page for additional voting as the sixth judge in the final results. The winners will receive $2500 and have his or her painting displayed in the hotel once it opens.

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May 10, 2011 by Julie Montanaro

A double murder in the ballroom may have been the death knell for a once popular Tallahassee hotel. The old round Holiday Inn, as most people know it, closed soon after the shooting.

Now, Four Points by Sheraton is trying to breathe new life into that landmark hotel and is hoping to open the doors by the end of the year.

It has been a fixture in the Tallahassee skyline since 1968 and it's about to get a multi-million dollar face lift.

Four Points by Sheraton has already gutted the inside and promises a sleek new exterior by year's end.

"Our hotel is an iconic landmark in our community and honestly the last few years, there's been a lot of neglect there and we're excited to bring it back," said the hotel's new general manager, Bo Schmitz.

The gates of this hotel have been closed since soon after a shooting in August 2009. Two men were shot to death in the ballroom at an after hours party. Neighbors have worried ever since that the vacant hotel would become an eyesore and a magnet for trouble.

Now Four Points by Sheraton is announcing a complete remodel of the round hotel with 164 guest rooms, meeting space, swimming pool, a bar and bistro. It estimates it could bring 60 to 100 jobs with it.

"It's going to mean jobs for our community and that's very, very helpful too in the construction period and obviously during the period they're going to operate it, it's going to mean jobs for our community and I'm very very pleased with that," Mayor John Marks said.

Construction is slated to begin within the next 30 days and could be complete by the end of football season.

The Four Points downtown hopes to become the first LEED certified hotel in Tallahassee ... certifying green building practices and furnishings. It would be the first LEED certified Four Points in the world.

In that spirit, 10 college students have entered a "sustainability" art contest sponsored by the hotel. Their works will soon go up along the Tennessee Street fence and be on display for another two weeks.

The winner, which will be decided by a panel of judges and the votes of Facebook friends, will get $2500 and have his or her painting displayed in the hotel once it opens.


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