First Concrete Modular, Pre-Greened Luxury Hotel Suites in North America Topped Off at Florida Keys Resort
Islamorada's Cheeca Lodge’s Premier Suites Put Up in a Record 90 Days
In the Florida Keys, the Premier Oceanfront and Island View suites will be part of Cheeca Lodge’s green, four-story Main Lodge which will set another milestone as the first four-story concrete modular building in Florida.
The 840 square foot green suites were delivered complete to Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada, Florida Keys with fully-equipped bathrooms, from marble tile floors, granite counter tops, bath fixtures, and marble and glass rain showers, to all electrical wiring and cabling throughout the suite. The green, fire-resistant modules are highly insulated, environmentally sustainable, and energy efficient. They are made of 30% recycled materials. True to Cheeca Lodge’s tradition of environmental sensitivity and preservation, the new Main Lodge in Islamorada is being built to LEED specifications set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council. Sturdily built with high strength concrete roof, floors and walls, together with the addition of high impact glass windows, they can resist winds in up to a category 5 hurricane and have a life span of over 100 years. They were manufactured in Okeechobee and trucked down to the Islamorada, Florida Keys resort.
“The strength of concrete modular construction allows us to use higher end finished materials since there is no danger of damage during transport,” said Wally Sanger, President and CEO of Royal Concrete Concepts, builders of the units. Luxury finishes will be completed on site, including rich mahogany crown moldings, doors and cabinetry, textured walls, plush carpeted floors, floor to ceiling glass walls, and original art. Twenty-four foot wide balconies will be added along with a signature open air round tub for two with dramatic overhead tub filler.
“Besides the high quality of the product and its green and safety features, this modular construction has allowed us to fast track our entire construction process as well,” said Johnson. “Instead of the typical schedule of 36 months for construction of a Main Lodge, when you consider the time required to do the architectural plans, source the materials, and do the construction, we’re able to streamline this green, concrete modular construction to six months,” he continued.
All of the green modules have been put in place, on schedule for the Cheeca Lodge reopening on December 15. In addition to the new Premier Suites, Cheeca’s transformation will include an expansive indoor-outdoor lobby lounge, a meeting room with ocean-view floor-to-ceiling windows, two new restaurants, a club floor with a sun deck and water wall overlooking the famous Cheeca pier and Atlantic Ocean, 2400 square feet of retail space which includes a Cheeca signature store featuring Tommy Bahama products, and more.
Cheeca Lodge & Spa is set on a 27 acre private estate in Islamorada, the "Sportfishing Capital of the World." Reopening December 15, 2009, Cheeca is being constructed with its original porte-cochere entrance, classic Florida Keys architecture, chic West Indies décor, and spirited tradition of “barefoot elegance” – a term coined at Cheeca – all intact. A highlight of Cheeca’s 212 beautifully appointed guestrooms, suites and bungalows are the 62 new Premier Oceanfront and Island View Suites that will offer over 840 square feet of living space, floor-to-ceiling glass walls opening to panoramic ocean or island views, expansive private lanais, open-air round tubs for two with dramatic overhead tub fillers, and marble and glass rain showers for two. Cheeca’s new Main Lodge will boast two distinctive restaurants - Nikai Sushi Bar offering the Florida Keys’ freshest sushi, Asian-inspired fare and a unique selection of Japanese sake and wine, and Atlantic’s Edge with a seasonal fine-dining menu of fresh local seafood, prime steaks and organic local produce. Other features include the Spa at Cheeca, poolside cabanas, Tahitian-style Spa Lagoon, adults-only lap pool and an oceanfront tiki hut for al fresco treatments. Cheeca will also be unveiling 2,400 square feet of new retail space with a Cheeca Signature store featuring Tommy Bahama products, an exclusive Club Floor & Deck, and over 4500 square feet of new conference space to include an exquisite 1,800 square foot oceanfront meeting room. The resort’s signature features also include a classic 525’ wooden fishing pier, saltwater snorkeling lagoon, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, and Camp Cheeca children’s environmental activity program. The unique setting, tradition of laid-back elegance, and reputation as an exclusive hideaway has drawn everyone from past presidents and sports heroes to Kevin Costner and Salma Hayek.