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Westin Jekyll Island Celebrates Construction Milestone

JEKYLL ISLAND, Georgia — The $41 million Westin Jekyll Island, a 200-room, convention-class, beachfront hotel, is scheduled for completion later this year as part of the Jekyll Island Beach Village project.

The five-story, U-shaped, beachfront hotel has been designed by LLW Architects of Memphis, Tennessee, to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver specifications and minimize the hotel’s impact on the barrier island’s sensitive surroundings. The 8,750 cubic yards of concrete used in the construction were sourced from a plant in Brunswick, Georgia, only 15 miles from the site. Construction supervisors report that 99.7 percent of the waste generated at the site has been recycled. Westin room design specifications also are 60 percent more sustainable than conventionally built guest rooms, providing a more healthful guest environment.

With ocean views and direct beach access, the Westin Jekyll Island will feature 5,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, as well as outdoor venues alongside a full suite of Westin’s signature amenities and services.

Close to the island’s National Historic Landmark District, the Westin Jekyll Island also will be convenient to the island’s four golf courses, 10 miles of barrier island beaches and a variety of outdoor recreation, including marsh eco-tours, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and more than 20 miles of bike paths and kayaking waterways.

The Westin Jekyll Island is part of the community’s Beach Village project, developed by the Jekyll Island Authority to reinvigorate the island’s tourism economy. The 128,000-square-foot Jekyll Island Convention Center opened in May 2012 and is the centerpiece of the project, which also includes an oceanfront promenade, a village green, restaurants, retail shopping and Great Dunes Park.