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2018-04-27 Print

As 2018 Hurricane Season Looms Local Volunteers Work to Rebuild and Prepare Puerto Rico Residents

Recently a team of Miami-based volunteers joined forces to help rebuild Puerto Rico in advance of the 2018 Hurricane Season. es.


MIAMI, FL, April 27, 2018 – Recently a team of Miami-based volunteers joined forces to help rebuild Puerto Rico in advance of the 2018 Hurricane Season. Led by local architecture firm, OBMI, the firm’s Director of Sustainability, Denaye Hinds led efforts to rebuild parts of Puerto Rico following 2017’s devastating Hurricane Maria. Hinds joined forces with the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) and Love in Motion Foundation, a locally based community organization in Puerto Rico. Together, the team focused on parts of Puerto Rico that were heavily damaged and have not been rebuilt to help provide timely repairs in preparation for this year’s upcoming hurricane season. For three days, teams of volunteers united to volunteer their time building new roofs in the historic community of La Perla, rebuilding La Fundacion Ismael Rivera, and replanting a sustainable community garden in the mountainous municipality of Orocovis.

Denaye Hinds, OBMI’s Director of Sustainability, not only led the efforts through her role as Chairwoman and Technical Director of CAST but was also on hand in Puerto Rico volunteering. Clearing sites and rebuilding properties, Hinds, alongside a dozen other volunteers donated time, efforts and building supplies to help families, cultural and community tourism enterprises enjoy more sustainable and durable living conditions before this year’s hurricane season, which begins in June.

”It is powerful when industry professionals can use their skills to positively impact the lives of others. What we are aiming to accomplish is not only to rebuild buildings but to introduce sustainable tourism as an economic driver to rebuild communities and destinations,“ Hinds stated. “After helping rebuild parts of the Caribbean following the devastating hurricane season of 2017, I am more determined than ever to promote resilient design for infrastructure planning as I provide guidance for implementing sustainable community and tourism development throughout the Caribbean.”

Organizations such as OBMI and CAST, a division of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), has been providing aid to storm-ravaged Island Nations as they go through one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the Caribbean’s history since the storms struck in September 2017.

If you would like more information about this topic or would like to get involved, please contact Denaye Hinds at 305-537-7100 or email at

OBMI is a global master planning, architecture, and design firm with an experienced team of professionals who are passionate about creating timeless spaces that transform the dreams of our clients into reality. We design luxury resorts and hotels, high-end private residences, and engaging urban areas that reflect the utmost respect for the land, people, and cultures they will impact. For more than 80 years, clients have embraced OBMI as trusted, advisors for our tireless dedication to them and our commitment to exceptional, beautiful design.

CAST serves as the regional voice for sustainable tourism within the Caribbean, working with like-minded community organizations to establish responsible, sustainable, resilient and environmentally friendly solutions for the development and operations of the hospitality and tourism industry. An initiative of CHTA, the organization seeks to advance the sustainable tourism agenda and provide support for the management of natural, heritage and socio-economic resources, within the hotel and tourism sectors of the Caribbean.

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Rebecca Gutierrez
OBM International
806 Douglas Rd
Suite 400
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Phone: 305-537-7100