Press > We’re All In This Together

We’re All In This Together

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Dear Valued Clients, Partners & Friends:

We trust this messages finds you and your families safe and in good health. As we communicated last week, our OBM systems have been configured for remote access. To adhere to Government recommendations, and ensure the safety of our team, we have initiated our external working protocols. We now join over 900 million individuals across the globe, who have adapted the “working from home” methodology in an effort to flatten the curve. Like yourselves, COVID-19 has dramatically impacted our day to day lives. The mundane activities we previously took for granted are now considered a luxury. But, if we stay the course and comply with the preventative measures, we will get through this unprecedented challenge together and swiftly. We recognize there is much ambiguity surrounding the economic impact of this global crisis, and we understand you will have questions regarding the future of your project. We want to assure you our team of professionals remains focused and committed to providing you the quality of service you have come to expect with OBM. We are vigilant, connected, and up-to-date on both global and local conditions. We will continue to work on your behalf in all possible ways. In an age where social distancing has become the new norm, we encourage you to reach out to us via email or telephone, with any inquires you may have. We believe communication is the key to success, and must continue however possible. Please do not hesitate to contact our office by calling 441 278 3550, or by email at bermuda@obmi.com. You can also find individual email addresses by clicking here. We appreciate your confidence and trust in our firm, and we hope our unwavering allegiance offers some peace of mind in these uncertain times. The latest COVID hashtag is #WereInThisTogether. At OBM, it has become our mantra. We must remember this is not a permanent state. This is a moment in time.

Press > Important Message from OBM Bermuda

Important Message from OBM Bermuda

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Like you and your families, we at OBM Bermuda are concerned how day to day global events will affect our collective well-being going forward.

As an experienced firm of 84 years, we have endured other similar disruptive world events in the past.

At present, we do not see the current clinical isolation conditions lasting more than a few weeks to a month.

Given our global neighbors may require some time to get back up and operating, the effect of the Corona Virus/ Economic Down Turn in Bermuda may last as much as 3-6 months.

We look forward to working through this current situation with you, towards a better future for us all.

For seamless project delivery, existing OBM systems are being enhanced for possible remote operations.

Otherwise, it is business as usual, great service, solid design solutions, responding directly to the tasks at hand.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact this office as usual 441 278 3550 or by email at bermuda@obmi.com. You can also find individual email addresses by clicking here.

Through knowledge and prudent positive action, we all will get through the current global health crisis without having to resort to anxiety. Working closely together to enhance the value of your project now, will create the necessary business activity to get our community back on its feet.

We appreciate your confidence in us, and we look forward to celebrating our 100th Anniversary with you!

Press > The Approach Behind the St. Regis Bermuda

The Approach Behind the St. Regis Bermuda

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Over the past year, the east end of Bermuda has undergone a remarkable transformation. One of the profound shifts to the landscape, is the development of the St. Regis Bermuda Resort & Residences. The St. Georges property is set in the middle of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and situation near Fort. St. Catherine’s

Since the groundbreaking in May 2017, the St. Regis Bermuda Resort has injected optimism into the island. The project has gained worldwide interest from potential buyers and would-be visitors, while residents eagerly anticipate a boost in the local economy and employment opportunities.

OBM International (OBMI), was appointed by developers Hotelco, to create the Master Plan and Architectural Design for the resort. OBMI created a Master Plan with the intent to deliver a mix of sophistication, sustainability and sense of place. The St. Regis is expected to be an economic stimulus and will assist in the revitalization of the Old Town.

The Concept

The vernacular architecture of Bermuda was defined over 80 years ago, by one of OBMI’s founding partners – Wil Onions. That vision was redefined for the hotel, by increasing the proportions of the traditional Bermuda cottage. As the cottages accommodated the contemporary lifestyle of that era, the design created for St. Regis, was tailored to reflect Bermuda’s unique architectural style while adding contemporary elements that further deepen the luxury experience.

The Strategy

The design of the main hotel complex is divided into three blocks. Each Block, will comprise of five floors, capped with white roofs that pay homage to the Bermuda’s architectural landscape.

Block A: At the north side of the property and closest in proximity to Fort. St. Catherine, will house the resort’s amenities including a luxury spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, pool bar, a kid’s area and retail services. Unique to Block A are the featured hotel rooms on the ground floor. Guests who occupy first level rooms, will be able to enjoy direct access to green spaces, adults-only pool, and eye-level views of the extended ocean vistas beyond.

Block B: Positioned at the center of the three blocks, will be the heart of the resort. It is situated on the highest point with exclusive views. As a result, the arrival experience provides the “Instagram moment” and wow factor as guests enter the grand lobby embraced by spectacular ocean views. Also found on this level is a lounge & bar, the golf pro shop, and a terrace leading to the St. Regis signature restaurant Bistro Laurent Tourondel on the first floor below. Block B will also house the lavish Presidential Suite offering expansive ocean views.

Block C: Will sit on the southern side of the hotel complex, closes to Fort Albert. This block holds three floors of guestrooms, while the lower level accommodates the ballroom positioned to enjoy views to ocean and direct access to the event lawn and pool amenity deck. The refurbished, over-water dock was designed with lounge areas perfect for tranquil moments or special events Conference facilities and a multi-use entertainment space, will also be located on this floor.

The hotel complex will be built with significant detail, modern elegance, innovative solutions, and the appreciation of the unique character and culture of Bermuda

The Residences

Construction of the first of seven residential blocks is well underway. OBMI designed a five story condominium offering breathtaking views and luxurious appointments. Each St. Regis branded residence will range from 2,279 sq. ft up to 4,693 sq. ft. With only three units per floor, each will offer spacious and contemporary designs. The penthouse suites located on the fifth floor, will each boast a private plunge pool overlooking the ocean.

The Grounds

OBM Bermuda’s chartered landscape architect, Jennifer Davidson, has provided local expertise to the project. Her vast experience in Bermuda’s plant life has been invaluable to the developers.

The grounds of the resort will be perfectly manicured, and showcase the natural beauty of Bermuda’s native and endemic flora and fauna. The reinstated 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, will feature pristine greens and spectacular views.

A great deal of consideration was also given to the environment. This was clearly illustrated by the use of recycled glass being crushed and lined in the bunkers and through-out the greens of the golf course. The initiative not only improved the water drainage along the course, but also matched the islands recycling and sustainability initiative.

The Community

Acquiring support from the local community was a critical chapter in the development. To do so, the hotel developers together with the Government of Bermuda, held multiple public forums throughout the construction phases. To demonstrate commitment to the community, the developers modified the project scope to include a new drop off area to public beach, as well as public parking areas. The gesture provides assurances the public beach access would remained available, while enhancing the experience and connection between the beach, the forts and golf course.

The New Year

As we enter the year 2020, The St. Regis Bermuda Resort has gently placed its footprint in the sands of Bermuda. The construction has been ongoing and nearing a 50% completion rate, which is well aligned with the scheduled opening date of April 2021. Once completed, the hotel property will comprise of a 120 well-appointed hotel rooms and suites, 3 pools, multiple bars and the signature St. Regis restaurant. Also available will be ample meeting, conferences and event space. Further to south side of the property, the residences will offer owners first-class amenities and a one-of-a-kind address to call home.

To learn more about the St. Regis Bermuda Resort, be sure to view the promotional video or visit www.theresidencesbermuda.com.

Press > OBMI Takes Bermudiana Beach Resort to New Heights

OBMI Takes Bermudiana Beach Resort to New Heights

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Nestled along the breathtaking south shores of Warwick Bermuda, will be the home of the fully redesigned Bermudiana Beach Resort.

Since March 2018, property owners Bermudiana Development Corporation Limited, have focused on transforming the ocean view condominium complex, into a mid-market boutique resort. The development brings together a collection of industry experts, including MacLellan & Associates, Coldwell Banker Bermuda Reality, Bragg & Co. Ltd. and OBMI Bermuda’s Colin Campbell, the project’s lead architect, and landscape architect Jennifer Davidson.

In July, 2019, The Hilton Brand announced they would add the oceanfront property to its Tapestry Collection. The signing marks the first Hilton branded hotel in Bermuda, and is to be recognized globally as the Bermudiana Beach Resort, Tapestry Collection by Hilton.

The property will comprise of 90 fully furnished hotel residences across nine buildings. Every condo unit well be renovated to include contemporary designs, comfortable living spaces, new kitchens and bathrooms, extra windows and new floor coverings. The composition of each condo range from well-appointed studios to three-bedroom units. All units will offer a terrace or balcony, while the majority will enjoy full or partial views of Bermuda’s magnificent turquoise waters below.

With the guidance OBMI Landscape Architect, Jennifer Davidson, the grounds of the Bermudiana Beach Resort will be designed to embody a modern and sophisticated look and feel. The challenges of converting a flat landscape into a hotel-resort environment, were overcome by employing a variety of innovation solutions. To reduce amount of existing asphalt, a water pervious surface was used in the parking lots, electric car charging bays and pedestrian walk-ways. At the same time, grass pave was used throughout the interior circumference of the grounds. Grass pave is only durable to withstand vehicular traffic, but also compliant with the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This technique was also adapted in the gym entrance design, making it more accessible to those with disabilities. Jennifer was equally instrumental in the selection and placement the property’s flora. Hearty native plants were placed on the south side of the property, as lush greenery and vibrant florals were methodically selected to preserve privacy and enhance the exterior aesthetics throughout.

Outside of having an impeccably manicured yard, there are added benefits to living in a resort style hotel. OBMI and the team of developers designed upscale amenities that are conveniently available directly on site. Such as, a spectacular cliff-top infinity pool, ocean view restaurant and bar, spa and massage services, fully equipped fitness centre and yoga terrace, outdoor fire pits, meeting facilities, and an elegant wedding and events lawn. Additionally, all condos are also fully-serviced with, housekeeping, grounds maintenance, gardening, property repairs, and a reception team to welcome guests on arrival.

The most unique feature is the impressive two-car funicular elevator built into the cliffside, taking guests to and from a pristine and private beach below.

Phase 1 sales of the Bermudiana Beach Resort, officially launched October 2018. Since then, the development has gained local and international interest. The cost for the units start at $375,000 for studios, $417,000 for one-bedroom condos, $558,000 for two- bedroom condos and $750,000 for three-bedroom condos.

Each condo is being sold on a 999-year leasehold basis. Under the lease agreement, the owner is able to occupy their unit for up to 90 days each year. For the remaining 275 days, the condo can be rented out through a professional hotel rental team and the Tapestry Collection brand. It will be managed by an experienced onsite management company. Buyers of the three-bedroom unit will have the ability to rent out a part of their condo via a lock-off system, allowing them to occupy the remainder of their unit in complete privacy.

An exclusive advantage to being part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton, is the access to the hotel giant’s 24/7 global reservations systems, robust loyalty program and their global brand recognition.

OBMI Bermuda is proud to be a part of a venture that provides locals and non-nationals the opportunity to purchase an oceanfront condo at a moderate price point.

The sales terms are ideal for Bermudians looking to accommodate extended family from abroad, or downsizing to spend time abroad themselves. Alternatively, it suits those in the east coast seeking a vacation home. What makes it more appealing is the worry-free ownership, with a professional team to rent and manage your property.

Coldwell Banker Bermuda Reality is the sole listing agent for the condominiums. Interested buyers in Bermuda are encouraged to visit the on-site sales office or contact Heather Chilvers at 441-232-6000. Further information can be found at www.bermudiana.com, or by following the Bermudiana Beach Resort on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram.

Press > L.F. Wade International Airport – In Full Flight

L.F. Wade International Airport – In Full Flight

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The site of the new state-of-the-art passenger terminal at L.F. Wade International Airport in Bermuda, has experienced a major transformation over the past several months. The construction has been consistent and focused, allowing the vision of the architects of record, Scott Associates, to become well-defined. As the local partner, OBMI has been a valued member of the project team since inception.

The Progress

From the outside of the terminal, the scale and scope of the project can now be appreciated for its appeal and complexity. The development of the outdoor amenities, are well underway, including parking facilities, main driveway, passenger drop-off areas, water features, outdoor patios and entertainment areas. In addition, the canopy for the walkway has been completed, with the roofing for bus canopy in progress. From a landscaping perspective, locally sourced palm trees have been erected in its designated areas. The main entrance will be flanked by palms, while clusters of palms will be placed outside the drop off areas to endorse a park-like setting.

On the apron or aircraft side of the terminal, all six passenger boarding bridges have been delivered, tested and affixed to their respective gates.

Inside the new terminal can be describe as bright, airy and sleek. Soaring ceilings and full length glass, will promote a pleasant and open atmosphere for passengers who arrive and depart. On the ground floor, the terrazzo flooring is at an 88% completion rate, escalators are intact, check-in counters are compete, luggage carousels are at 97% , and the concept of new immigration and customs hall are becoming clear.

On the second floor, the arrival and departure gates are assembled. The U.S. pre-screening facilities are advancing, retail and duty-free stores are assigned, and the location of the designated restaurants and bars are unmistakably distinct.

The mechanical, electrical and technological components of the project are also progressing at a rapid pace. There is power throughout the terminal, with mechanical and electrical reaching 90% completion. At the same time, the IT cabling for the entire building is at 80%.

The Artwork

Travelers arriving by air at L. F. Wade International Airport, will be welcomed by a visual exhibition of “Sense of Place.” Last year, Bermuda Skyport along with Aecon Airport Constructors held two open competitions for Bermuda kite creations, and works of art. The artwork will be placed in Shadow Boxes that will adorn the walls throughout the passenger terminal. The Bermuda kites will ascend high above the sloping ceilings, along with an alluring display of sculptures designed to represent the island’s native sea birds. The winners of both contests have been selected, and are working studiously to complete their creations that will serve as a vibrant display of Bermuda’s culture and splendor.

Durability & Sustainability

The design employs a substantial amount of glass that was commissioned specifically for the project. Though the glass may appear delicate, each panel is able to withstand category 5 hurricane winds. It is the perfect blend of sophistication and resiliency.

Sustainability continues to be a key focus of the project. Every aspect of the exterior design was developed to mitigate harsh environmental conditions and improve storm water management. Minimizing the amount of asphalt within the exterior public areas, was a key element in the design. Vibrant colours and greenery will blanket the entrances, outdoor walkways, waiting areas and entertainment zones. Each plant has been carefully selected to work in tandem with the subtropical climate of Bermuda.

The New Year

As we enter 2020, the new passenger terminal at L.F. Wade International is nearing 90% achievement rate, making the project well on target with the scheduled completion date. Once complete, 2 Kindley Field Road will be transformed to showcase a unique, innovative and refined landmark which should fill every Bermudian with a sense of pride.

Press > Eco Education – Warwick Academy Marine Science Facility

Eco Education – Warwick Academy Marine Science Facility

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When considering the composition of the new Marine Science Facility, Warwick Academy approached OBMI’s chartered landscape architect, Jennifer Davidson, to guide the project from concept to completion.

The Marine Science Facility was conceived by the Academy’s Head of Science Jessica Young, and Science Lab Technician Rosalind Wingate. The objective was to create a facility to educate students on the importance of the marine life and ecosystem. The existing 0.2 acres of land opposite the school and overlooking Hamilton Harbour, was the ideal location.

Jennifer joined the Marine Science Facility project team in May 2018. Her strong Biosystems training facilitated her dynamic role in the design and development of the facility. Her services included site analysis, schematic design, conceptual plans building permit submissions, and ensuring all bid and tender documents were in order.

Jennifer also assisted with conceptual designs of the teaching space, deck lab, pavilion, and layby components of the project. She worked in tandem with faculty members, and liaised with relevant Government agencies such as Works & Engineering, Ministry of the Environment, etc. on behalf of Warwick Academy. Building solid relationships was a key component in the success of the project.

Jennifer’s expertise in Bermuda’s plant life, played a pivotal role in understanding the schools desire to create an eco-trail. Developing the trail entailed the clean-out of the existing invasive plants, placement of temporary screening as privacy for the adjacent property, and establishing windbreak. Groups of native and endemic plants were used to emulate the natural progression of the Bermuda ecosystem, from coastal to upper woodlands.

Jennifer’s in-depth knowledge of sustainable building environments assisted Warwick Academy in their selection of environmentally sustainable products. For example, the deck is a wood composite called Trex, and the paths surrounding the facility will be water permeable. The roof orientation of the Marine Science Facility is designed to optimize solar gain and natural cooling, resulting in little to no heating/air conditioner usage. It is also built to support the addition of solar panels in the future.

The facility is well positioned to promote a citizen science, and conduct long term monitoring of Hamilton Harbour. Additionally, Warwick Academy intents to work in collaboration with other schools, the wider community and with leaders in the environmental fields, such as BIOS. The Marine Science Facility is set to open its doors to classes in early 2020.