Marylhurst M.B.A. alum Tom Fernandez ’11 led the LEED design of Hotel Skyler Syracuse, recently selected as the first in Hilton Hotels’ Tapestry line of upscale, unique hotels.
While attending Marylhurst University, Tom Fernandez delivered a plan for the creation of a boutique hotel in Syracuse, New York as his M.B.A. capstone project. Tom envisioned an adaptive re-use, upcycling a 1920s Jewish Temple into a LEED Platinum certified hotel. Tom’s vision became a reality when Hotel Skyler Syracuse opened its doors in 2011.
In 2017, Hilton Hotels selected Hotel Skyler as the first in its new Tapestry Collection: upscale properties that highlight sustainability, community involvement and uniqueness in design.
“It’s very exciting for me to see how my work in the M.B.A. program at Marylhurst University has had significant impact on a very well-known and established brand such as Hilton,” Fernandez said. “I owe a multitude of thanks to my professors at Marylhurst.”
Hotel Skyler Syracuse is an eclectic, 58-room hotel within walking distance of many attractions, including Syracuse University, Carrier Dome and Upstate University Hospital. Built in 1922 to house the Temple Adath Yeshurun congregation, and later home to Salt City Center for the Performing Arts, the eco-friendly hotel was the city’s first to achieve LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
“With its storied history, contemporary style and eco-friendly focus, Hotel Skyler Syracuse perfectly embodies the independent spirit of our newest brand,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. “Our first hotel illustrates how the collection encourages hotels to preserve what makes them original while also offering new opportunities for our guests to enjoy the reliability and benefits that come with our Hilton Honors program.”
As one of only five LEED Platinum certified hotels in the U.S., and 11 in the world, Hotel Skyler Syracuse is committed to sustainability, boasting a number of features to help invest in a better tomorrow. For example, room keys activate lights as well as heating/cooling, which power down when guests exit the room. Low-flow fixtures in guest bathrooms aid in water efficiency, and organic fabrics, low-emission carpeting and non-toxic housekeeping products are also utilized in guestrooms.
Owned by Woodbine Group and managed by Woodbine Hospitality, Hotel Skyler Syracuse, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, is located at 601 S. Crouse Avenue Syracuse, New York 13207.
Tom Fernandez earned an M.B.A. in Sustainable Business with a concentration in sustainable development from Marylhurst University in 2011.