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First piling marks core project start for Baha Mar

Baha Mar, the largest single-phase resort development in the history of the Caribbean, celebrated another milestone with the driving of its first of 5,700 pilings yesterday — marking the beginning of construction for Baha Mar’s core project.

A recent ceremony which highlighted the milestone included the embedding of a gold commemorative Baha Mar coin as a symbol of good luck for the $3.4 billion resort, gaming and entertainment complex slated to open in late 2014.  Officials from both the Ministry of Public Works and executives from Baha Mar were in attendance for the occasion.

“With the start of construction of our core project, Baha Mar continues on its planned timeline to deliver the largest resort development presently under construction in North America.  Today’s ceremony is yet another milestone in the development of a project that is vital to the economy of The Bahamas, and which will go a long way to helping address the current economic challenges facing the country,” said Don Robinson, president of Baha Mar.  “The realization of Baha Mar is due in large part to the confidence and strong support given by the Bahamian people and the Bahamian government.”

The placement of the first piling of the core project is another significant accomplishment in the construction phase of Baha Mar.  In February Baha Mar held its ground-breaking ceremony, and in the intervening four months significant work has been done on both a new commercial village and substantial road works surrounding the resort, both of which are slated for completion by November.  In addition, Baha Mar has so far provided employment for almost 900 Bahamians, and has awarded over $90 million in contracts to Bahamian firms.

Representing an unprecedented alliance of powerhouses in the hospitality, financial and construction industries, Baha Mar is an example of a collection of diverse international partnerships.  In addition to securing a number of internationally-recognized brands as hotel partners, Baha Mar has appointed China State Construction and Engineering Corporation as its general contractor, and has also secured project financing from the Export Import Bank of China.

The ceremony was attended by Baha Mar executives, including, Don Robinson, president; Tom Dunlap, executive vice president of construction and development; Rick English, senior vice president sales and marketing, and Robert (Sandy) Sands, senior vice president of external affairs and government relations.  Also in attendance from the Ministry of Public Works were Craig Delancy, building control officer; and

Edwin Yuklow, senior structural engineer; and from China Construction America (The Bahamas) Tiger Wu, executive vice president.
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