Hollywood Woodwork Puts the Finishing Touches on the Ritz

Posted: 06/06/2014 8:50AM

 

For nearly a half-century, Hollywood Woodwork has been on the leading edge of architectural woodworking, providing interiors for the hospitality industry, office buildings, retail space and custom homes throughout the United States and the Caribbean.

Products are manufactured at the company’s 60,000-square-foot facility in Hollywood, FL, then shipped to each building site, where installation is performed by the company’s craftsmen.

Hollywood Woodwork recently put the finishing touches on a premier property for one of the newest Ritz-Carlton resorts — the Ritz-Carlton Reserve Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico. Hollywood Woodwork has a long-standing relationship with Ritz-Carlton, having provided interior work on hotels and resorts including the Ritz-Carlton Club in Jupiter, FL, the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman and the Ritz-Carlton Dallas. Work has just finished on the new Ritz-Carlton Aruba. 

Finishing Concept
The Dorado Beach property is the second in a series of Ritz-Carlton’s new Reserve luxury resorts. Each is planned as a unique destination property, designed to incorporate the four natural elements — earth, air, water and fire. The exclusive Dorado Beach property has 100 guest rooms and 14 single-bedroom residences. Guest amenities include a 56-hole golf course, spa/fitness center, two gourmet restaurants and lounge.

Hollywood Woodwork was selected to manufacture, finish and install wood cabinetry, wood and metal trim, decking and wall accents in the interior of many of the hotel’s private rooms and public areas. Hollywood partnered with the resort’s owner, Caribbean Property Group; SB Architects of San Francisco and Miami; contractor Caribbean Industrial Construction (CIC) Group in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and DBR Development Management, LLC in Dorado, Puerto Rico, throughout the 1-1/2-year project.

The Dorado Beach property is designed and built to LEED Silver standards, making it among top 100 most sustainable hotels in the world. A member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Hollywood Woodwork has high sustainability standards of its own.

One of Hollywood Woodwork’s contributions to the sustainability effort was its use of Sherwin-Williams formaldehyde-free Sher-Wood F3 Kemvar Varnish for all interior millwork finishes. Hollywood Woodwork has partnered with Sherwin-Williams for more than 12 years.

“During that time, Sherwin-Williams has always provided us with their excellent technical knowledge,” said Hollywood Woodwork Project Manager Bill Knight. “They have been a big part of the success of our finishing team. They are in our shop working side-by-side with our finishers to ensure quality.”

The F3 Kemvar formaldehyde-free varnish used by Hollywood Woodwork was formulated to be a drop-in replacement for traditional conversion varnishes, enabling the company to use the same spray equipment while offering the same look, application and performance. Another benefit of the new varnish is the reduction in odor during application, as well as in employee exposure to formaldehyde emissions during curing and after. The finish also has achieved GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification and meets air quality specifications set by LEED-IAQ and BIFMA.

The formaldehyde-free finish was used on millwork installed in the luxury resort’s guest rooms, residences, fitness center, spa, lounge, restaurants and public areas. The Dorado Reserve greeted its first guests on Dec. 12, 2012.

On this job, as with all others, Knight says, Hollywood Woodwork prides itself on its ability to deliver one-of-a-kind architectural solutions for its customers.

A Premier Woodworking Firm
Hollywood Woodwork’s architectural millwork and casework help set the stage at premier hotels, spas, casinos, country clubs, corporate offices and public projects, located throughout the United States and Caribbean.

Products are manufactured at Hollywood Woodwork’s 60,000-square-foot facility in Hollywood, FL. A turnkey provider, its range of services include: design, consulting, value engineering, production, finishing and installation.

Incorporated in 1968, Hollywood Woodwork in 1999 began the transition from a family-owned firm to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Today, each of the 150-plus employees is a stakeholder in the company.

A sustainable manufacturer, Hollywood Woodwork is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, the Tropical Forest Foundation and the Architectural Woodwork Institute as well as Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Construction Executives Assn. and the South Florida Manufacturers Assn. It also holds certifications from the Forest Stewardship Council and AWI’s Quality Certification Program.

For additional information about Hollywood Woodwork visit HollywoodWoodwork.com.


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