Turtle Bay Embodies the Island ExperienceContributor: Swinerton Project Team | December 23, 2013 | Image Gallery »
Swinerton Builders Hawaii recently completed the renovation of the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore. This arduous task involved updating the existing guestrooms and corridors as well as expanding the existing spa, which included demolition, construction of new spaces, MEP upgrades, elevator work, finish carpentry, and tile work. The renovation consisted of a total of 410 units, of which 106 units were converted into “premium” guestrooms. The corridors were also refreshed with new carpeting, furniture, fixtures, and equipment, as well as wood wall covering at the entries of each room. On top of all the requirements, the project team faced a highly aggressive work schedule leaving very little room for error.
In the spa, each treatment room is entered through louvered mahogany doors and the floors are made of large lava stones with small pebbles sprinkled between the grout joints. All materials put together provide a very tranquil look that embodies the island spa experience. “The team did a great job in a short amount of time, working two shifts to get the exterior completed,” notes Senior Project Engineer David Tu. “Because of the teams’ perseverance and die-hard attitude, we were able to complete the project in time for the staff to operate and service their hotel guests.”
The renovations of the guestrooms were executed in three phases throughout the three-tower, six-story resort. Designed by WCIT Architecture, the guestrooms feature high-end finishes and a modernized interior for each unit. One of the unique features of the guestrooms is the five-by-seven-foot sliding glass bathroom doors, which required delicate handling and precise installation. “There were many design issues with these large pieces of glass,” says Project Engineer Chad Cataluna. “It was one of the largest installs from the manufacturer.”
Surrounded by natural beauty, the Turtle Bay Resort is a truly special place and we are proud to be a part in this important historic milestone for of one of Hawaii’s iconic destinations.
-By Mark Tacazon