The Kimpton Seafire Resort and Residences, scheduled to open in November 2016, is the first luxury hotel development built on Grand Cayman in the past 10 years.
One of the largest construction projects on island, it has employed more than 1.8 million man hours over 130 different construction companies, using more than 38,000 cubic yards of concrete and an estimated 159,867 square feet of tile.
Additionally, it was the first construction project in the Cayman Islands to use vibro-compaction and the first large project to use a raft slab design.
With statistics like that, the Cayman Society of Architects, Surveyors and Engineers (CASE) mentorship programme thought it an ideal location for the next generation of Cayman construction industry professionals to visit,.
Seven enthusiastic students and their mentors from programme were treated to a sneak peek of the site on Friday, 29 January.
The visit was part of the CASE mentorship programme, a selective mentoring programme which runs from January to May each year and consists of four monthly one-day mentorship interactions with special on-site visits to different construction projects.
Through this programme CASE aims to provide students with a solid foundation of knowledge of the construction industry through interactive learning, site visits and one-on-one mentoring.
As part of their visit to the Kimpton site, the students were treated to a VIP tour of the building site by Decco Construction Project Administrator Gina Powell and an inspiring talk from Lee Hudson, Project Manager for Decco who shared his excitement about the programme.
“Speaking to the bright young minds of the CASE programme is always a pleasure!” Mr Hudson commented. “If one needs a dose of optimism and a feeling that the future of our industry is in good hands, you need look no further than CASE.”