PRINCETON, NJ – January 3, 2019 – Studio Hillier, the Princeton architectural firm of J. Robert and Barbara Hillier, has been selected by StarPort Resorts, Inc. to design Port St. George, The Bahamas’ newest eco-engineered luxury resort on Long Island. The Hilliers have been honored with over 350 design awards.
The scenic and tranquil Out Island will be the setting for an 882-acre luxury resort that spans two-and-a-quarter miles from Exuma Sound to the Atlantic Ocean. The project will feature a five-star hotel on a spectacular peninsula on Exuma Sound. The centerpiece, however, will be a 100-acre protected harbour where 640 pleasure crafts can be moored, making it the largest in The Bahamas. A vibrant harbour village will be home to retail shops, lodging, restaurants, condominiums and a range of services for the island community.
“Our goal with Port St. George is to offer visitors and homeowners alike an environmentally- and socially-conscious escape from hectic, modern-day life,” said Duane Gerenser, president of StarPort Resorts Inc. “Long Island remains virtually untouched, and Port St. George will serve as a non-invasive oasis from which to explore its natural wonders. In collaboration with Studio Hillier, we’re creating an environment that not only serves those who choose to visit Long Island, but also those who already call it home. The Studio Hillier plan successfully integrates the local community into the project by creating opportunities for sports, education and entrepreneurs.”
The topography gently rises from the harbour to a bluff overlooking the Atlantic. A beach club and condominium units will be built on terraced terrain with stunning ocean and beach views. A golf course, tennis courts and sporting fields will be built on the land between the harbour and the Atlantic ridge.
Several distinct areas allow for a diverse use of architectural styles, with the harbour area featuring traditional Bahamian design influences with modern twists and the Atlantic side boasting a cutting-edge modern look. A total of 515 residences are planned, comprising 500 condominiums and 15 spacious, luxury villas. The venture will incorporate investment opportunities to purchase lots in various locations, such as in the harbor and golf resort areas. Investors can buy lots and design their own dream residence, possibly with Studio Hillier.
Aside from the spectacular site, the most distinctive aspect of Port St. George will be its dedication to eco-engineering and sustainability. Studio Hillier is incorporating the best available technology into both the infrastructure and the residential and commercial buildings to meet that commitment. Included will be extensive use of photovoltaics and high-tech battery storage systems, rainwater retention systems, composting of refuse and geothermal air conditioning. The development will have a minimal carbon footprint, enabling homeowners and guests to experience the beauty and serenity of Long Island with the knowledge that the resort base has been carefully designed to respect the environment with non-invasive support systems.
Projects of this scope are not new to Bob and Barbara Hillier. They designed Harbour Island in Tampa, Florida; the five-million-square-foot Sprint World Headquarters in Kansas; The Irving Convention Center in Texas and New Jersey’s first Planned Unit Development, Twin Rivers in East Windsor.
Overseas, the Hilliers have designed the Global World Headquarters for Glaxo Smith Kline in London; Star City, a billion-dollar casino and theatre complex in Sydney, Australia; as well as buildings in 17 other countries. In the Atlantic Islands, the Hilliers have designed projects in Antigua and Bermuda, including the Conference Center at the Princess Hotel.
“Our plan is to make Port St. George the most comfortable, desirable, aesthetically appealing and sustainable destination in The Bahamas. That is a tall order, but possible with the rapid advances in technology and a team dedicated to creating a seamless experience for guests. That is what a vacation should be.” said Bob Hillier.
About Studio Hillier:
Co-founded in 2009 by partners, Barbara A. Hillier, AIA and J. Robert Hillier, FAIA, PP, Studio Hillier LLC is a Princeton, NJ-based interdisciplinary design firm. The firm has designed and executed approximately 3,500 projects across 42 states and 30 countries. J. Robert Hillier, a licensed architect since 1964, holds an M.F.A. in Architecture from Princeton University and has been teaching graduate seminars at the institution for 25 years. Having grown from a sole proprietorship to an LLC, Studio Hillier has also designed such prominent projects sas the 1,380,000-square-foot the Vanguard Group Headquarters in Malvern, PA; the 400,000-square-foot Motorola Headquarters in Horsham, PA; the 275,000-square-foot Irving Convention Center in Texas; the 650,000-square-foot Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center (formerly known as the Universal Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro); the 40,000-square-foot Becton Dickinson Campus Center in New Jersey. With over three hundred state, national and international design awards, Hillier’s reputation for excellence is evidenced by its commitment to its clients, to place, sustainability and the built environment.
About Port St. George:
Port St. George, The Bahamas’ newest planned eco-engineered luxury waterfront destination, will span the two-and-a-quarter-mile width of Long Island, from Exuma Sound to the Atlantic Ocean. Future-proofing is being incorporated from the earliest stages of design for the 882-acre development located on what is often referred to as the most beautiful island in The Bahamas. Advanced utilization of solar power, recycling, water conservation, composting, an organic hydroponics farm and a water purification system will allow Port St. George to take a major step towards self-sustainability. The property will operate entirely off-grid through extensive use of solar power and storage batteries. Motor cars will be discouraged as each residence comes with a road-certified electric vehicle provided. The development will be home to 515 residences, comprising 500 condominiums and townhouses and 15 spacious, luxury villas, each boasting breathtaking views of The Bahamas’ famed crystal blue water. The development will also feature a five-star resort and spa; 640-berth marina; yacht club; attractive harbour-front commercial area; ocean beach club; light house with a pub; golf, tennis and other sports facilities and a multitude of culinary options. Port St. George will be accessible via Stella Maris International Airport, which has port of entry status and is five minutes from the development. StarPort Resorts, Inc. will be working to deliver and market the development of Port St. George on behalf of the owners, P.S.G. Limited. Clairfield International has arranged funding for the $500 million project, for which construction will span five years.