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Mr. Astrachan

Isaac-Daniel Astrachan

Principal, Stephen B. Jacobs Group

Isaac-Daniel Astrachan, AIA LEEP AP is a Principal at the Stephen B. Jacobs Group in New York City and was the Executive Architect for the citizenM New York Bowery Hotel. He started in 1998 as the project manager for Hotel Giraffe.

Since then Mr. Astrachan has worked on many different hospitality and residential projects, including 325 Fifth Avenue, Edge in Williamsburg, 200 Lafayette Street, and Gansevoort Meatpacking and Park Avenue hotels, and 868 Lorimer on the Park. He recently completed ALTA LIC, a 43-story residential tower in Long Island City, and citizenM NY Bowery Hotel, the tallest modular hotel in the world.

As a current leader within the Architectural/Design space in New York City, Mr. Astrachan has been instrumental in bringing modular and volumetric design concepts and implementation to New York City. He currently speaks at conferences and events throughout the United States on the importance of modular design and construction in building for a better future.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Astrachan worked for Didier Repellin, Chief Architect and Inspector-General of historic monuments in France.

Mr. Astrachan graduated from Columbia College in 1990 and received his Master of Architecture degree from Harvard's Graduate School of Design in 1995. Originally from the village of Gordes in the south of France, and Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Astrachan resides in Battery Park City with his wife and son. He serves on the board of Downtown United Soccer Club and is a member Pier 40 Champions. He advocates for the creation of more athletic field space in the City for not for profit youth sports organizations.

Please visit http://www.sbjgroup.com for more information.

Mr. Astrachan can be contacted at +1 212-421-3712 or contactus@sbjgroup.com

Coming up in May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. 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.