In 2010, Haiti was struck by an earthquake, which caused widespread devastation and loss of life, and destroyed around half of the capital's 1600 hotel rooms. Since then, there have been considerable efforts to double capacity in the capital, through the expansion of existing hotels and the construction of new facilities. Marriott International Inc. and Digicel, Haiti’s largest telecommunications network, partnered on a $45m project which was facilitated by the Clinton Foundation, to create a 5-star, 175 key hotel, with full leisure facilities and extensive landscaping. More than simply creating another hotel in its prestigious chain, the client’s objective was to create a model for social innovation and community investment, creating sustainable employment opportunities for the community, and sourcing much of its materials and foods from locals. Linesight was proud to be an integral part of the team for this project, and we were appointed by the client because of our experience in the Caribbean and our past work with Digicel.
We provided full cost management services for this project, including cost estimating, project controls, procurement and tender evaluation, processing of payments, cost reporting, change management, and cash flow projections. Full procurement of FF&E, OS&E, and management of soft costs were also provided by our team, directly to the owner.