Minister for Planning, Kurt Tibbetts recently toured the Camana Bay development as part of Planning’s World Town Planning Day activities.
He was joined by a group of government planning officials and Dart Realty representatives who hosted the guests on a bus tour through areas of active construction, Cayman International School, the chiller plant and a walking tour of the soon-to-open Paseo and Jasmine Court, home to Cayman’s first six screen cinemas, states a press release.
Burns Conolly, principal of Burns Conolly Group and one of the chief architects of the master-planned community gave the government guests a guided tour with a detailed description of the areas under construction. At 500 acres, Camana Bay is the largest development site in the country and is being built in phases over the next few decades.
Mr. Conolly explained that the design philosophy behind Camana Bay is to create an integrated community with diverse services at a pedestrian-friendly distance for residents and visitors. He also placed emphasis on the importance of creating public open spaces with native vegetation and water features for the enjoyment of the community. Environmental concerns are also key to Camana Bay’s planning and he pointed out how the development’s infrastructure including its energy efficient air conditioning chiller plant, play their part in lessening the dependence on natural resources.
‘I can see how residents and visitors will enjoy the pedestrian friendly boulevards of Camana Bay,’ said Mr. Tibbetts. ‘The architects and planners have truly put their design ideas into action with this new town and the economic and quality of life benefits will be many for those who live, work and socialize here as well as for the island as a whole.’
Sandy Urquhart, senior vice president of design at Dart Realty took time during the walking tour to point out the many custom designed features of the Paseo including its retractable shade system suspended over the boulevard, unique lighting fixtures, water fountains and other architectural highlights.
He explained that each block in Camana Bay will have its own unique characteristics based on a design and colour theme, landscaping, water fountains and park areas.
Camana Bay is bustling with construction activity and Jackie Doak, executive vice president of Dart Realty told the group of the great emphasis placed on job safety at the site which has over 800 workers, including 75 supervisors.
‘Every employee and contractor is required to undertake a safety orientation training session before they are allowed on site, and safety regulations are rigorously upheld on a daily basis. The results are clear to see, as the team has now achieved over 2 million safe working hours without a lost time incident, she said.