Archive for 2016

Catalyst Selected for Avatron Park Complex

Avatron, PHB Catalyst Group

The Developers of Avatron Park, led by Chairman and CDO Dave Garrett, have selected phbCatalystgroup, Inc. to be the Program and Construction Managers for the proposed $1 Billion Georgia entertainment complex to be built in the town of Emerson, north of Atlanta, GA.

Mr. Garrett and his team have been working with Catalyst Principals Carlos J. Pesant and Mark Harari on the feasibility, programming, budgeting and final site selection phases of the project.

“It has been a great experience working together, and we are delighted to now make this announcement.”

Avatron Park, a 740-acre site, will consist of a theme park which will feature five distinct lands, developing state-of-the-art interactive and immersive experiences. It will be surrounded by an approximately 300,000 sq. ft. retail village and will include two hotels with a total of 500 rooms. A 10,000 seat amphitheater is being planned.

Avatron Park is to open in Q1 2020.

Atton Brickell Hotel Construction Nearing Completion

Atton Hoteles, Atton Brickell Hotel, Hospitality, PHB Catalyst Group, Owner's Rep

Atton Brickell Hotel is a unique project as it is the first Hotel in the USA for Hotel-Owner/Operator Atton Hoteles of Santiago, Chile. Adjacent to Miami’s historical Simpson Park, the development consists of 275 guestrooms occupying approximately 287,000 SF within a 12-story tower.  The hotel includes the following public amenities: main public lobby contiguous with lounges, a market, bar, restaurant and meeting rooms on the ground level; and pool deck with cabanas, additional meeting rooms, bar, fitness center and parking within a podium.

phbCatalystgroup was retained as Owner’s Representative very early on to assist in qualifying and selecting the entire consulting team and construction manager. The project is scheduled to open by mid-summer 2016 and is to be certified LEED Silver.

Owner: Atton Hoteles, Santiago, Chile
Architect: Revuelta Architecture International, Inc.
Role (services provided): Owner’s Representative
Year Completed: Q3 2016

1 Hotel Central Park


Only the second of its kind, the 1 Hotel Central Park opened its doors in November 2015, offering New York City a uniquely new, eco-luxury lifestyle brand (1 Hotels.) Under the helm of Starwood Capital Group, the 1920’s-era building underwent a complete gut renovation, essentially “recycling” the building. The 229-key boutique hotel was originally purposed as a residential hotel and later was converted into an office building.

Catalyst was intimately involved in all aspects of the project from initial project design, pre-construction, construction and through to pre-opening of the property. Catalyst managed a large team of consultants, incorporating into the interior design unique, eco-friendly materials to create a hybrid style that is luxurious yet sustainable. From the reclaimed barn wood lobby floor to the double front doors born of 16,000 branches intricately woven together, recycled woods are a common theme throughout. Other recycled materials include cork, blackened steel, and stone, creating a rich contrast of textures and materials.

The 1 Hotel Central Park has applied for LEED certification which is currently in process.

Owner: Starwood Capital Group
Architect: Gene Kaufman Architect P.C.  Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman Architects, LLC
Role (services provided): Development Manager
Year: 2010-2015