Archive for 2018

AF NY Showroom

Sponsored by AFNY, Project 6 is a collaboration of (4) select plumbing fixture, fitting and coving suppliers designed by award winning Desai Chia Architects.

Dohrbracht, Blanco, Toto and Lucite along with Desai Chia Architects and AFNY make up the component part of Project 6 the first of its kind minimalist design showroom in NYC.

Catalyst Chilmark was selected by Bennett Friedman of AFNY to project manage and build Project 6. The Project 6 is the 2018 Interior Design Magazine NYCxDESIGN Award Winner for New York Showroom.

10,000SF core full floor gut renovation

Project budget: $1.5M

22 West 21st Street, 6th floor NYC

EcologiCiti Update


One of the core tenets of Catalyst building practices is that of sustainability. We’ve spent a number of years researching opportunities for repurposing real estate where economic activity and industry have fallen off, and one such opportunity has presented itself where our personal interests and deep experience in building intersect: EcologiCiti Sustainable Urban Food Centers. EcologiCiti is our solution for developing and building centers that will create jobs and economic development in our urban communities by sustainably growing and distributing healthy, local food.

PhbCatalystGroup is now reaching out to investors with solid institutional backing and larger and deeper platform from which to pursue our initiatives, and simultaneously we have created BuildFarms as our investment vehicle through a joint venture with Valmiki Capital Management, our institutional investor and an asset management company in New York. Valmiki brings connections in the energy efficient real estate space and in cleantech, and with this relationship we have crossed a major threshold toward scalable development.

CEO Emilio Valls has spent the better part of 2015 refining our model, all the while searching for a farmer interested in partnering in our venture toward sustainable food. As we progress toward our first center, conversations continue with a number of parties who may potentially fill this key role in our business model. And into 2016 we will broaden our search from the east coast to explore other markets, seeking out established players in the field of vertical farming.

Interested parties should contact Emilio Valls, CEO, or Erin Robertson, Director of Marketing, at 212-812-9370, by email at or else please visit our website at

Construction Wraps, Atton Brickell Miami Opens Early Summer

Atton Brickell Hotel

The Atton Brickell Miami has completed construction and opened its doors early this summer. The $65 million project is the first US hotel development for Owner-Operator Atton Hoteles of Santiago, Chile. The full-service property located in Downtown Miami features 275 guest rooms; main lobby with a public market, bar and full-service restaurant; rooftop pool and lounge; and 4,000 SF of meeting facilities.

Catalyst was retained as Owner’s Representative for the project. CEO Francisco Levine says of the collaboration,

“Catalyst’s support has been instrumental for our landing in the US market. Deep industry expertise, strong network and a committed team rendered strategic and sound advice.”

The hotel chain is focused on the business traveler market, with the Atton Miami being named its flagship location.