News at Dart

The future of Cayman recycling

For those residents who already diligently separate their plastics, glass bottles and aluminium cans for recycling, they might wonder how that process could change once the integrated solid waste management system is introduced on Grand Cayman. In conjunction with a number of new facilities, recycling remains an essential component to reducing waste under the new system.

The Cayman Islands National Solid Waste Management Strategy follows a waste management hierarchy that evaluates processes for dealing with waste from most favourable to least favourable: reduce, reuse, recycle, recover, dispose.


A gift for the future

If there’s one time of year residents of the Cayman Islands love most, it’s the holiday season. But, even in Cayman, there is no denying that Christmas will look a little different for everyone this year.

“Even as Christmas lights are strung and families put up decorations, there are so many in our community who continue to face difficulties as a result of the pandemic,” said Pilar Bush, Dart executive vice president with responsibility for community development. “Through Dart’s annual Christmas give, we wanted to give back to our youngest learners who have shown such adaptability and perseverance in the face of adversity, and to the educators who have provided their unwavering support throughout these unprecedented times.”


New high school building completed

When Cayman International School and its governing body, International School Services, partnered with Dart on a US$60 million project to expand the school’s campus, no one could foresee the challenges this year would bring.

Construction on phase two of the Cayman International School expansion, an almost 100,000-square-foot high school building, began in November 2018 with an initial completion target date of August 2020. This date became unattainable when COVID-19 arrived on Grand Cayman’s shores earlier this year. However, despite the setbacks of an island-wide lockdown, closed borders, social distancing restrictions and material concerns from international suppliers, the project team pulled out all the stops to ensure it could still deliver a state-of-the-art high school building for the current school year.


The first Hotel Indigo in the Caribbean planned for the Cayman Islands

Dart and InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts (IHG) announced plans for a new Hotel Indigo near Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. Plans for this 282-room upscale, lifestyle hotel include multiple restaurants, an expansive pool deck and a rooftop bar with views across the Caribbean Sea. Dart and IHG plan to open the hotel as the Caribbean’s first Hotel Indigo in 2024.


Trash talk: Tynes Bay Waste Treatment Facility in Bermuda

Having spent five years as solid waste manager for the Government of Bermuda, Martin Edelenbos understands the benefits of an energy recovery facility. Developed just ahead of a landfill that was at capacity and completed in 1994, the Tynes Bay Waste Treatment Facility treats about 70,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste annually and produces almost 5% of Bermuda’s average electricity needs.

Currently, Edelenbos is putting his experience with energy recovery to work as engineering coordinator for the Dart-led consortium chosen as the preferred bidder to implement Grand Cayman’s proposed integrated solid waste management system.


Making a home for youth with special needs

Maple House has served for decades as the Cayman Islands’ only residential facility for children and young adults with special needs. Now, the addition of a second location at a recently refurbished home in Bodden Town will enable the Ministry of Community Affairs to expand services for disabled children in need of care and protection, and accommodate the separation of younger children from young adults.

Dart donated materials and services to transform the property’s outdoor areas with wheelchair-accessible pathways and landscaping, and a team of Dart volunteers dedicated an afternoon to putting the finishing touches on the outdoor spaces for the home’s current residents to enjoy.


Repurposing materials in construction

One project’s trash could be another project’s treasure.

This adapted proverb encapsulates how construction materials can be repurposed instead of going to the trash.

As a developer and landlord, Dart often finds itself in the position to be able to repurpose surplus and lightly used materials from previous construction projects, or items left behind by relocated tenants. These materials range from furniture, art and appliances to various construction materials such as tiles, panels and doors.