Hundreds of glass jars and empty wine and beer bottles are disposed at Camana Bay’s recycling centre, where they journey through a second life. The bottles are crushed at Dart’s Glass Crushing Facility and sold to entities such as Flowers Block, which mixes the crushed glass material with aggregate to produce concrete pavers like those found on the Community Bike & Walk Trail at Kimpton Seafire.
Camana Bay’s landscape design was conceived to specifically reflect the unique natural and cultural heritage of the Cayman Islands; to be authentically Caymanian, but embrace modern aesthetics. By the principles of “New Urbanism,” Camana Bay would be a sustainable, multi-purpose community but, unlike some international developments, would not attempt to replicate older architectural styles.
Just like any other town, Camana Bay has evolved. It’s not just the tenants that have evolved in the decade since the Town Centre opened; the landscaping has evolved; the type of visitors has evolved; they way people use the spaces has evolved; and, as One Nexus Way – Camana Bay’s next Class A office building – exemplifies, design and construction have also evolved.
The five-year project to replace or retrofit all of Camana Bay’s common areas with environmentally friendly LED lighting enters its last stage in the first quarter of 2017. The initiative, which began in 2012, is intended to inspire greater local appreciation for the growing reliability for energy-efficient LED, reduce energy consumption and reduce Camana Bay’s carbon footprint.
GreenTech Solar has just completed the installation of the largest solar array in the Cayman Islands. The 170KW solar energy system, located on top of the new Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa utilizes SunPower solar panels, manufacturer of the world’s most durable and efficient solar panels.
Green is a central colour in the new Christmas decorations at Camana Bay this holiday season, but they are also green in a different way: all 40,000 lights on the new Christmas tree and all 3,000 strands throughout the Town Centre are energy-efficient LED bulbs.
The elegant Caribbean-style architecture, tranquil setting and muted, natural interiors of Bella Verde add up to a luxurious, yet supremely comfortable, family home. But looks can be deceptive. There is more to Bella Verde than aesthetics: it is also one of the most environmentally-sensitive private residences in the Caribbean.
For its first foray outside the U.S., the boutique hotel brand Kimpton chose the ultra-chic Seven Mile Beach in the Caribbean’s Cayman Islands. British colonial design elements combine with weathered woods and stone to channel the Caribbean aesthetic vernacular in the hotel’s airy public spaces and 266 rooms—all of which are perched 24 feet above sea level.
Today, Decco received the Certificate of Occupancy (CO) for Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa. After years of planning, design and construction with almost 3 million hours of work, the resort is allowed to officially welcome guests. Opening day is set for 15 November 2016.
Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword, but a way of life at The Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa and The Residences at Seafire. As one of less than 200 LEED® Silver certified resort-residential properties worldwide, Seafire features best in class-sustainable design, building practices and operations.