Bozeman Wingate Inn
2305 Catron Street
Bozeman, MT 59718
In the fall of 1997, the owners of Bozeman's Wingate Inn met to discuss the development of what would soon become one of the Gallatin Valley's premier hotel properties. A top priority on their agenda was to investigate energy efficiency opportunities available in the Montana market. To get started, the managing partner of the Wingate Inn contacted Montana Power, which was eager to help in the investigation and design of a highly-efficient HVAC system.
What followed were months of interaction between Wingate Inn, Montana Power, and Energy Engineering, the developers of an Interrogated Pipe System (IPS) heating and air conditioning system that was, at the time, in limited use among hotel properties.
The IPS works by assigning "double duty" to a building's piping - tapping the fire sprinkler piping to also serve as chilled water piping, and the domestic hot water system to also provide heating. The piping is then, in the case of a hotel, controlled by a wall-mounted thermostat in each guest suite.
The owners of Wingate Inn were impressed by the potential energy and dollar savings of the IPS, the latter of which was projected to be approximately $31,000 net per year, with a simple payback calculated at just over one year. After much discussion and research, Energy Engineering was commissioned to design the Wingate Inn's IPS. Shortly thereafter, this upgrade, as well as dedicated operations and maintenance practices, contributed to the hotel's eligibility to become an ENERGY STAR label building.
Wingate Inn of Bozeman opened in April 1999, with the electrical and maintenance savings garnered by the IPS paying for the initial added cost of the system within one year. Energy and cost savings have continued to surpass projections each year since, and, most importantly, customers continue to give the HVAC system's quiet and comfortable operation rave reviews.
ENERGY STAR 2002, Hotel Business Feature
"Wingate Inns is committed to providing business travelers with quiet, extremely comfortable accommodations. Steve Sparks, Managing Partner of the Wingate Inn of Bozeman, took that commitment to heart by utilizing the Ultimate Comfort System to provide cooling and heating to his property guestrooms."
-- Keith J. Pierce, President & CEO, Wingate Inns International, Inc
Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Rocky Mountain Wingate or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.
Rocky Mountain Wingate
Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
Facility Type: Hotel
Total Floorspace: 54000 sf
Year Constructed: 1999
Contract Type: Performance Contract
Financing Type: Internal Capital