Eco-resort owner opens new facility in USVI

Stanley Selengut, founder of the eco-resorts Maho Bay Camps, Harmony Studios and Concordia Eco-Tents and Studios on St. John, opened a new multi-use facility called the Concordia Pavilion and Cafe.

The facility features a 1,500-square-foot covered deck and an open-air restaurant. The pavilion can accommodate meetings and workshops of 50 or more participants and also can host weddings and yoga and dance classes.

As in all of Selengut's properties, green building techniques were used for the new pavilion.

The deck is made of rock excavated from the site; hanging baskets on the deck have been planted with native vines. Water is collected from the roof and processed to potable standards on site. Glass blocks admit natural lighting; lighting fixtures and decorative accessories were made at the Maho Bay Camps' recycled arts center.

Concordia's 51 acres "are designed to grow into a sustainable community," according to Selengut, and he noted that the hillside above the resort has been sub-divided into one-acre lots for future vacation residences.

"It is possible for green travelers to enjoy intimacy with nature while staying in dwellings constructed almost entirely of recycled materials, powered by the sun and built with site-sensitive techniques that preserve and protect the fragile eco-system of the U.S. Virgin Islands," Selengut said.

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