by Sarah J.F. Braley | May 17, 2017
The 416-room Westin Hilton Head Island (S.C.) Resort & Spa has added the 5,000-square-foot Grand Ocean Terrace to its meeting space, a flexible venue designed to allow the border between indoors and outdoors to vanish.
 
General manager Tim Freisen said the project's "Eco-tect," David Sklar, "incorporates his passion for bringing eco-friendly elements to life through each project. His specialized talents shine through the design of the Grand Ocean Terrace."
 
Among the green-meetings highlights of the new space are the following:
 
• Deep roof overhangs, extensive porches and shaded terraces to both reduce heat gain and create natural cooling, while providing additional protection from the elements;
• Moveable glass walls providing natural ventilation for increased comfort;
• Turtle-friendly lighting as well as landscaping that buffers the impact of the structure and promotes dune stability;
• A storm and rainwater runoff system designed to be self-contained, ensuring no erosion occurs to the beach or surrounding areas. 
 
"Years ago, when I began the design of Star Island Bahamas as a self-sustaining eco-lux escape, I learned that a large majority of CO2 emissions is directly related to how buildings are designed, developed and operated," said Sklar. "As a result, my team and I always do our best to create eco-sensitive architecture that brings no negative impact to our environment. Overall, the Grand Ocean Terrace creates minimal impact to the environment and is designed to operate efficiently with an ultra-light environmental footprint."
 
Click here for a 360-degree view of the Grand Ocean Terrace. With this addition, the Westin now has a total of 37,000 square feet of meeting space. Other amenities include meal options at the Carolina Room, which serves modern fare with a Low Country flair; casual dining at the poolside Splash, and lunch and dinner dishes al fresco at View 32, weather and season permitting. Relaxation is available at the Heavenly Spa by Westin, which has nine treatment rooms, and there is a main resort pool, a family pool and a covered (not indoor) pool.