Several significant construction projects were planned for 2017 across the Caribbean but nature had other plans.
Hurricanes Maria and Irma, the most powerful hurricanes in recent recorded history passed through the northern Caribbean with fury and created a construction nightmare for some and an opportunity for others. The race is now against the clock for all territories to get back to 100% capacity and improve all of their telecommunications, road networks and to upgrade all new construction standards to meet the force of any future hurricanes like those two beasts we met last year. Many of the countries have done well and have re-opened for international business and to receive tourists.
Whilst several projects in 2017 were initially planned for hotels and resorts, road works and housing developments, the need for new buildings has multiplied exponentially.
A significant portion of the northern Caribbean including Dominica, Anguilla, St. Barts, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Maarten, US Virgin Islands including St. Thomas and St. Croix, British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas were all affected. Several of them are in need of basic housing for citizens who lost roofs or their entire homes.
Barbuda was worst hit, with only 20% of residents returning since the passage of the hurricanes.
At the other end of the spectrum, owners of boats and yachts in the US Virgin Islands were dealt a hard blow from the pounding of the brutal waves and many of them have lost their vessels to the sands at the bottom of the sea. For some, those vessels were even more – they were home.
In a New York Times interview, a USVI resident Justin Cofield, said, “Even if our boat had made it, we would really be struggling because the customers aren’t here.” – owner of St. John Yacht Charters, whose 46-foot sailing sloop, Survivan, was destroyed.
Below is a List of Private and Capital Works Construction Projects for 2018:
Antigua and Barbuda
- Hodges Bay Resort & Spa to open summer 2018,
- The Pleasure Cove Resort & Spa condominiums;
- Callaloo Cay Hotel.
- Barbuda Belle Beach hotel hopes to begin rebuilding this year.
- Construction is slated to begin later this year on actor Robert de Niro’s $250 million Paradise Found resort project on the site of the long-defunct K Club.
- A new airport on Barbuda, according to a year-end radio address by prime minister Gaston Browne. No cost or timeline was given.
- New Jetty at Road Bay.
- Palm Beach and Eagle Beach
- Rosewood Baha Mar
- St. Nicholas Abbey Heritage Railway
- Beaches Resort
- Wyndham Hotel
- Hyatt Hotel
- One Republic Place
- Crane Residences
- Placencia Peninsula
- Ritz Carlton
- Spring Estate
Major private sector construction projects are planned (some have even been in the pipeline for up to a decade) while others have started.
- The Ice Arena
- Beach Bay Hotel
- Ironwood Golf Resort
- Pageant Beach Hotel
- Enterprise City campus
- Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Plant
- NCB hotel
- Gran Palazzo
- Health City
- Cayman Eye
- Dart projects -five-star hotel on Seven Mile Beach, plans for old Hyatt hotel, the Beach Suites resort and the Britannia golf course.
- Foster’s Supermarket
- Rebuilding of Information Communication Technology Services for the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica.
- National reconstruction resulting from hurricane damage. (See The Construction Opportunity in Dominica)
- Anichi Resort and Spa – 120 room boutique property to be built in the northern town of Portsmouth. To be operated by Trust Hospitality under the Autograph Collection Hotels brand of Marriott
- The Cabrits Resort Kempinski – 160 rooms
- The Jungle Bay Resorts and Spa – 120 rooms
- Silver Sands Grenada
- Morne Rouge
- Levera Beach Resort
- Demerara River Bridge
- East Coast Demerara Road Widening
- Water Treatment Plants in Sheet Anchor, Diamond, Uitvlugt
- Pearl of the Caribbean
Trinidad and Tobago
- Rehabilitation of Frederick Settlement Wastewater Treatment Plant
Turks and Caicos
- Renovation and Refurbishment Of The J.a.g.s. Mccartney International Airport, Grand Turk, Turks And Caicos Islands
- Caravelle Hotel & Casino will close on April 30, 2018, the hotel will close to repair damage caused by Hurricane Maria and will re-open on September 1, 2018.
- Divi Carina Bay is under reconstruction in May 2018
- Tamarind Court Hotel is currently under construction. No completion date has been given.
Capital works construction projects, as lengthy as they are, provide stable jobs for people in the construction industry. Let us be the first to say, “Build on. Work hard.”
Read more at Links
Road Bay – http://www.gov.ai
Callaloo Cay – http://www.callaloocay.com/
Silver Sands – http://www.silversandsgrenada.com/en