Bridge Investment Group has selected global leisure design firm, YWS Design, to master plan its integrated resort, Tinian Ocean View Resort, one of the three principal islands of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The $150-million, themed resort is scheduled to break ground in January 2016.
The resort is planned for development in two phases. Phase one will include the primary hotel and casino and phase two will expand the casino program into an adjoining Titanic replica, which sits on Tinian Harbor. The expanded casino and hospitality accommodations within the Titanic replica will serve the luxury tourist market segment and high-limit gambler.
The resort was initially approved in March 2014.
YWS is experienced with themed resort design, having worked in Las Vegas.
“Themed environments toe the line between theatrics and functionality and when they’re designed well, the experience is unforgettable,” said Tom Wucherer, YWS CEO and design architect for Bellagio and Treasure Island in Las Vegas. “We’re excited to create something truly singular in the Tinian Ocean View Resort.”
Phillip Mendiola-Long, CEO of Bridge Investment Group, stated: “We welcome the opportunity to work with one of the industry’s leading design firms. Bridge Investment Group’s goal is to provide our future guests with two unique hospitality and gaming experiences and we are confident that YWS Design is the best firm to help us deliver on that promise. Both the Titanic themed hotel and the port hotel will be a casino-hotel complex that will draw international attention to Tinian as one of the world’s best tourism experiences.”
Bridge Investment Group’s first shipment of cargo and materials arrived on Tinian on Aug. 24, 2015 with more than 6,000 tons of equipment and materials to begin their project. The company has already begun hiring local residents for security and construction and intends to hire more U.S. citizens as the project ramps up to full construction operations.