New 200-Room Property Scheduled for 2014 Completion
Jekyll Island, Ga. — February 28, 2014 — Jekyll Oceanfront Hotel, LLC (JOFH) today celebrated the topping off of the $41 million Westin Jekyll Island, a 200-room, convention-class, beachfront hotel scheduled for completion later this year as part of the Jekyll Island Beach Village project. JOFH is a joint venture comprised of several investors including Leon N. Weiner & Associates, Inc, a nationally recognized real estate development company, and New Castle Hotels & Resorts, an award- winning, independent third-party hotel manager, owner and developer.
The celebration included a midday party for the 100-member construction crew at the site, adjacent to the new Jekyll Island Convention Center. In keeping with building industry tradition, the crew planted an American flag on the roof, and in deference to the hotel’s island location, installed a palm tree, in lieu of the more commonly used evergreen. Topping off signals the construction milestone when the uppermost steel beam, or last piece of structural concrete is in place.
The five-story, U-shaped, beachfront hotel has been designed by LLW Architects of Memphis, Tenn., to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, (LEED) Silver specifications and minimize the hotel’s impact on the barrier island’s sensitive surroundings. The 8,750 cubic yards of concrete used in the construction were sourced from a plant in Brunswick, GA., only 15 miles from the site. Construction supervisors report that 99.7 percent of the waste generated at the site has been recycled. Westin brand room design specifications also are 60 percent more sustainable than conventionally built guest rooms, providing a more healthful guest environment.
“Construction of The Westin Jekyll Island is moving along according to schedule thanks to the great work of our general contractor, Pinkerton & Laws of Georgia, Inc., and an uneventful hurricane season” said Glenn Brooks, lead developer for Jekyll Oceanfront Hotel, LLC. “We’ve only lost a few days to high winds, so we’re optimistic that construction will continue to proceed on time and on budget.”
To ensure the stability of the foundation’s 8,750 cubic yards of concrete, engineers pulled more than 17 million gallons of water from the site. Some 669 tons of rebar reinforce the concrete structure. Thus far, the project has involved 143,000 hours worked and upon completion, the hotel will be the one of the island’s largest private employer with 150 full time workers.
The Westin Jekyll Island is part of the community’s Beach Village project, developed by the Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) to reinvigorate the island’s tourism economy and includes the only beachfront convention center in the southeast. The 128,000-square-foot Jekyll Island Convention Center opened in May 2012 and is the centerpiece of the project, which also includes an oceanfront promenade, village green, restaurants, retail shopping and Great Dunes Park.
“Regional meeting planners have been following Jekyll Island since the opening of the convention center in 2012,” said Gerry Chase, president of New Castle Hotels & Resorts, which will operate the hotel. “This construction milestone signals our imminent opening and will serve as an early preview of this one-of-a-kind venue.”
With breathtaking ocean views and direct beach access, The Westin Jekyll Island will feature 5,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, as well as outdoor venues alongside a full suite of Westin’s signature amenities and services. It will include a full-service restaurant with outdoor seating and the brand’s signature WestinWORKOUT® program, all designed to promote overall wellbeing.
Close to the island’s National Historic Landmark District, The Westin Jekyll Island also will be convenient to the island’s four golf courses, 10 miles of barrier island beaches and a variety of outdoor recreation, including marsh eco-tours, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and more than 20 miles of bike paths and kayaking waterways.
About Jekyll Ocean Front Hotel, LLC
Jekyll Ocean Front Hotel LLC (“JOFH”) is the leasehold owner of a 4.78 acre ocean front parcel located in the new Beach Village and adjacent to the new convention center on Jekyll Island, GA. JOFH has contracted to build a new 200 room full service Westin hotel on the ocean front site, which is scheduled to open at the end of 2014. JOFH is comprised of Leon N. Weiner & Associates, Inc. (“LNWA”), a Wilmington, DE based nationally recognized homebuilder and multi-family real estate development company, New Castle Hotels & Resorts (“NCHR”), a Shelton, CT based independent hotel owner, operator and manager of distinctive hotel and resort properties, and other individual investors. LNWA and NCH previously teamed up in 2008 to develop a now successful and stabilized Hampton Inn & Suites, also on Jekyll Island. LNWA and other individual investors in JOFH are also owners and operators of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, a four star resort and National Historic Landmark.
About Pinkerton & Laws
Since its founding in 1955 by Jack Pinkerton and Arthur Laws, Pinkerton & Laws has approached each of its projects as a partnership. Over nearly six decades, Pinkerton & Laws has earned a strong reputation for value, integrity, and professional excellence, making it the leading hospitality contractor in the country. With over 265 hotels and 28,000 units in its portfolio. Pinkerton & Laws brings a scope of service to its clients that is unmatched in the industry. www.pinkerton-laws.com
About Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts offers innovative programs that transform every aspect of a stay into a revitalizing experience. All Westin signature services – like the Heavenly Bed, delicious SuperFoodsRX™ and WestinWORKOUT® studio – have been designed with the guests’ well-being in mind. Westin hotels, with more than 190 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with nearly 1,200 properties in 100 countries and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.
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