Discovery Centre a way to discover Camana Bay

Camana Bay has a new front door, at
least figuratively speaking.

On Friday, 1 October, the
development opened The Discovery Centre, a multipurpose facility which aims to
give the public a way into Camana Bay on all its levels.

John Hillman, director of sales and
project developer for The Discovery Centre, said the idea was to create a fun,
dynamic and innovative place to educate people about how Camana Bay has evolved
and continues to grow.

“Another important objective was to
create a central point for prospective tenants of Camana Bay to come and learn
about all the wonderful features of living here.”

Mr. Hillman said that first and
foremost, The Discovery Centre is an information centre for people to learn
about Camana Bay – what it is, how it has developed, where it’s going, and what
people can do there. It is also a place where people will be able to learn
about the real estate opportunities available as Camana Bay gets ready to enter
the residential phase of the master-planned development.

“But it’s also a gathering place
for key events, socialisation and networking,” he said, adding that there will
be a series of culinary events held there.

The Discovery Centre is not a
traditional information centre or sales office in any sense. It features a
living room with a big-screen television and a library of books. It has a fully
functional and state-of-art kitchen, complete with a high-end coffee maker and
wine chiller. 

It also has a working room – which
Dart Realty is calling its charrette room – that can be closed off from the
rest of The Discovery Centre with sliding glass panels, so that people, including
prospective purchasers, can discuss design while visitors use the rest of the
centre. Mr. Hillman said this “living workshop” is central to The Discovery

“The workshop or charrette area
helps visitors appreciate the fact that Camana Bay is a multiple year project
and is thus ever-evolving,” he said.

Then there’s the technology:
interactive video touch-screens allow users to get all kinds of information and
history about Camana Bay and the Cayman Islands, as well as having a bit of fun
if they want.  There’s also the Cube, an
interactive visual display system that projects images onto a mat on the floor
that can be manipulated by the touch of a foot. 

On its outdoor “front porch” there
will be different objects of interest – often humorous – that will change on a
weekly basis.

Mr. Hillman said the hope is that
both visitors and residents – of all ages – will drop in at the Discovery
Centre when they visit Camana Bay and learn something new about the project
every time.

“We haven’t had a true public venue
for people to learn about Camana Bay and give us feedback.”

The Discovery Centre will also be a
place where people can register for events held a Camana Bay, such as the
upcoming Tower Run or photography contest.

“There’s always going to be
something happening here,” he said.


The Discovery Centre Office Manager Melissa Rewalt, left, speaks to Concierge Samantha Powell, centre, and Joanne Gammage at the opening of the centre.
Photo: Alan Markoff