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.

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