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Creating Island Flavor Commercial | REIG CAPITAL – W RESORT W REIG CAPITAL IS HELPING W HOTELS TAKE ITS SLEEK FEEL TO PUERTO RICO. BY KELLY MCCABE ith its flair for fashion, pop culture, design and architecture, W Hotels are a natural fit for vibrant, urban areas. But in Vieques, Puerto Rico, developer REIG Capital is helping the brand take that environment to a vibrant island area. In fact, the location will be W’s first Caribbean hotel. “W Hotels is known for urban hotels, but not really for resorts,” Design Director Jorge Campos says. “We’re taking a chain that’s very well-known as an out-of-the-box chain but not really known for resort locations. The designers tried to mix modern architectural elements with a local aesthetic.” The new 156room W Retreat began construction in March 2008 and is slated to be finished in December. “We were challenged by the design, as we wanted this to be unique in the Caribbean,” Campos says. “We wanted to make something that would stand out for its location and design.” To ensure that the resort blended modern and local touches effectively, REIG Capital worked with a global team. “We were able to put together a team of designers and consultants from all over the world – Florida, Spain, Italy – and were able to work together to make this project a success,” Campos states. “In a sensational blend of modern architecture and natural aesthetics, succumb to the relaxingly luxurious allure of villa living as only the W knows how, as breathtaking vistas beckon beyond your private balcony and your own exclusive beach retreat,” W says. REIG also enlisted the help of a local architect to transfer the international data communication into Puerto Rico codes and local requirements. “They also introduced us to local suppliers and compartmentalized the design into what could be done, taking into consideration location and logistics,” Campos explains. in »The W Resortwill Vieques, Puerto Rico, provide comfortable amenities. Chic Features The five-star hotel will have a main restaurant run by French chef Alain Ducasse, as well as a cafe and a full bar. It also will have a living room and a spa with 10 treatment cabins – six normal cabins, two wet cabins and two VIP treatment cabins. Guests can entertain themselves at the resort’s two tennis courts, gym and large pool that is divided into a lap pool and an infinity pool. W Resort’s rooms – which include 10 suites – are divided into spa rooms, pool rooms and garden guest rooms. “The spa guest rooms are adjacent to the spa and have a very quiet surrounding,” Campos says. “On the other hand, the pool is where the major activity in the resort is. The garden villas are more up on the hill in a very quiet area.” The guest rooms include comfortable, yet stylish, features, including technology such as high-speed Internet, iPod docking stations, individual climate control and 42-inch plasma TVs. In each room, guests will encounter “a REIG Capital – W Resort www.reigcapital.com • Location: Vieques, Puerto Rico • Scope: 156-room hotel “They also introduced us to the local suppliers and compartmentalized the design into what could be done, taking into consideration location and logistics.” –Jorge Campos, design director DECEMBER 2009 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM
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Construction Today - December 2009
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Product Showcase: Hand Tools
F&R Construction Group Inc.
Suffolk Construction: Met 2
Weitz Co.: Solaris at Crossroads
Chance Construction Co.
Allied Building Products Corp.
Bird Construction Co. Inc.: Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
Broccolini Construction Inc.: EDC Headquarters
CJ Pink Ltd.
Cobra Corporate Management Inc.
DDRM: The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort
T.N. Ward Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
Blumenfeld Development Group & Forrest City Ratner – East River Plaza
Clark Construction: Michigan International Speedway
Morton Buildings Inc.
Triangle Associates Inc.: The Gallery on Fulton
Vogel Bros. Building Co.
Walsh Construction: Mercy Corps.
Wasatch Advantage Group: San Tropez
John W. Danforth Co.
Shore Environmental LLC
American Civil Constructors Inc.
Archer Western: I-75/I-475 Reconstruction
Cleland Site Prep Inc.
Delaware DOT: Indian River Inlet Bridge
Goodfellow Bros. Inc.
International Construction Equipment Inc.
Kiewit Pacific Co.: SR 519 – Seattle Intermodal Access Project
Plaza Construction Corp.
B. Gottardo Construction Ltd.
Bergmann Associates: Walkway Over The Hudson
Craig Olden Inc.
G.M. Sipes Construction Inc.
Idaho Sand & Gravel Co.: Ten- Mile Interchange
Malcom Drilling Co. Inc.
Mid Eastern Buildings Inc.: Southampton Wastewater Treatment Plant
Minnesota Department of Transportation: I35W Crosstown/ Urban Partnership
Nicholson Construction Co.
Papich Construction Co. Inc.: Route 46 Expansion Project
Tilcon New York Inc.: Interstate
Tyam Excavation and Shoring Ltd.
W.C. English Inc.: U.S. 321
West Electric Corp.
Turner Construction Co.: Eastern High School
Gafcon Inc.: Carlsbad High School Modernization Project
DASNY: Gouverneur Healthcare Services
Stuart Olson: University of Lethbridge Markin Hall
University of Houston Student Housing
HDR Architecture Inc.
Marshall-Lee Construction Corp.
RA-LIN & Associates
Suffolk Construction: Boston Renaissance Charter School
Suffolk Construction: FIU School of International and Public Affairs
Tower Construction: Huntington Memorial Hospital expansion
Absher Construction Co.: Chief Sealth High School and Denny International Middle School
Casey Middle School
Cedar Ridge High School
Clark: Lowell Reception Center
Gilbane/Banks Joint Venture: Coppin State University
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: FORSCOM/USARC New Headquarters
Shaw Construction: Mesa State College Student Center
Shiel Sexton: Butler University
SpawGlass Contractors Inc.: Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus Parking Garage
Stuart Olson: New Edmonton Remand Centre
The Christman Co.
Turner Construction Co
Weddle Construction Ltd.
Kite Realty Group Trust: Eddy Street Commons at NotreDame
Last Look: DANSY
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