Beginning in 2015, the Sinclair Building underwent an extensive restoration process. Renovations were completed in 2019 when the building was introduced as the Sinclair Hotel and called a jewel in Marriot’s Autograph Collection.
However, there is more than meets the eye with the Sinclair Hotel. Farukh Aslam, CEO of Sinclair Holdings LLC, outfitted the oil-building-turned-hotel with cutting-edge technology encouraging sustainable practices – and expected savings on the hotel’s energy bills.
The PoE technology powers the hotel’s lights, window shades, smart mirrors and minibars. Traditionally, ethernet cables are associated with landline phones and routers. However, technology company Cisco found that ethernet could provide power to other areas, too. PoE provides electricity and a network connection to these devices. This means all the hotel’s lights, minibars, and PoE devices are linked on a single network, while also receiving power from the same cable.
Using PoE, the Sinclair Hotel will power more than 2,000 lights, each connected by their own IP address. Estimates predict PoE technology will cut the building’s energy consumption by 30 to 40 percent.
Whenever a light (or other device powered by PoE) suffers from an outage, Sinclair employees will receive an immediate notification, allowing them to quickly respond and even prepare in advance.
The hotel works with LG to manufacture air-conditioning units and televisions that run on PoE. And the energy-saving innovations may even filter into the hotel’s gym. The Sinclair Hotel reports collaboration with an exercise company to create stationary bikes that will generate electricity for the hotel when guests use them for 20 minutes or more.