Topping out is a major construction milestone that commemorates the structural completion of a building.
“Following tradition, we raised an evergreen tree to the top beam on Aqualea’s 17th story as a symbol of growth and good luck,” said Rauenhorst. “We’re fortunate to be on track with our growth and are looking forward to welcoming guests and residents next December.”
Throughout 2009, construction efforts will center around completing the building’s exterior, infrastructure, landscaping and interior finishes. Aqualea, a 920,000 square-foot mixed-use complex, will contain the 250-suite Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa, 18 ultra luxurious private residences and a 750-space parking garage as well as shops and restaurants along Clearwater’s Beach Walk, a $35 million revitalization project bringing a new atmosphere for shopping, dining and socializing to the area.
The resort will blend tropical elegance and style and will feature personalized service, luxurious accommodations and upscale amenities including two swimming pools, the White Orchid Beach Club, a premier spa and fitness center, a Hyatt signature restaurant, beach concession area and private air-conditioned poolside cabanas.
The project has already brought 200 construction jobs to the area and Hyatt plans to add 160 more positions as the resort gears up to open next year.
Rauenhorst was joined at the event by City of Clearwater Mayor Frank V. Hibbard, Paul Tang, Global Hyatt Corporation’s Senior General Manager for the Northeast Region, and other public figures.
About Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
Scheduled to open in December 2009, Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa’s 250 guest suites will blend tropical elegance and a luxurious carefree experience like none other on Florida’s Gulf Coast beaches. Breathtaking Gulf views will provide the backdrop for expansive floor plans ranging from studio suites to one-and-two bedroom condominium beach suites with rooftop terraces. Tropical island elegance is reflected in the interior design by the international design team of Wilson & Associates. Each suite features a full kitchen and oversized guest rooms. Just a few of the amenities planned for the resort include the White Orchid Beach Club, two swimming pools with air-conditioned poolside cabanas and a Hyatt signature restaurant.
Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa is the centerpiece of the Clearwater Beach’s new Beach Walk, a half mile promenade offering entertainment, shopping, dining, strolling and more.
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