For more than 20 years, the green-thumbed team of Dart’s nursery operations has understood the significant role that nature plays in people’s lives.
Sustainable development can be defined as that which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Long-term vision is a quality many developers do not possess, but Dart Development does and the positive impact sustainable development can have on Cayman’s environment, economy and society cannot be understated.
It’s an exciting time at Dart Real Estate with development well underway on our significant infrastructure projects and new opportunities on the horizon. This month’s update covers the upcoming pop-up dinning experiences with Chef Clare Smyth MBE – the UK’s most-acclaimed female chef – plus announces our recent Gold, Silver and Judge’s Choice awards at the CAF ADDY Awards. You’ll also find an update on our progress with the Camana Bay Underpass, new Camana Bay Roundabout and the National Gallery’s new entrance promises easier access.
In the commercial real estate world, The Observation Tower at Camana Bay would be considered an anomaly. Occupying a prime location on a busy shopping street, it has never been available for rent. But for Dart Real Estate, design is as important as function and The Observation Tower is no exception. As the focal point of Camana Bay’s Town Centre, The Observation Tower is lit up like a lantern after dark with a welcoming glow that spreads its warmth to the streets below.
Many of the infrastructure projects in and around Camana Bay scheduled for completion during the coming months represent firsts for the Cayman Islands. All of these projects use construction methods employed regularly in other parts of the world, but for the Cayman Islands, they are groundbreaking. The new infrastructure elements involve high-tech engineering the public might not be aware of because they can’t see it.
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.
Kids can build rocket ships, robots and even houses at Camana Bay – the only tools they need are imagination and blue foam blocks in all shapes and sizes. This worldwide concept, called Imagination Playground, is a creation by award-winning architect David Rockwell: a playtime experience that encourages children to become the designers of their own playground.
Thirteen years ago Jackie Doak was hired as Dart’s Vice President of Sales. Her role grew to include leasing and, later, to oversee Dart’s first development in the Cayman Islands, Camana Bay. Today, as the President of Dart Real Estate, she is inspired by the knowledge that we create and invest in developments that will have a positive impact on the Cayman Islands.
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.