Photos: Baha Mar construction

  • A view of the Baha Mar development on Cable Beach in Nassau, Bahamas. The resort is slated to open in December 2014. TORRELL GLINTON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Chinese cement mixer at work at Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas. Most of the sliding glass doors have been installed at the hotel in the background that is slated to open in December 2014. TORRELL GLINTON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Workers labor at what will become the swimming pool complex at the Baha Mar resort. TORRELL GLINTON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • The elevated roadway that will lead to the entrance of the Baha Mar resort. TORRELL GLINTON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Some 3,000 work visas have been granted to Chinese workers at Baha Mar. The Chinese work force is expected to peak in March and then begin to taper off in August. The resort is slated to open in December 2014. TORRELL GLINTON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Chinese workers aren’t the only ones building Baha Mar. Here a Bahamian crew works on construction of convention center facilities. TORRELL GLINTON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Robert “Sandy” Sands, senior vice president of external and governmental affairs at Baha Mar points out progress on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. TORRELL GLINTON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Robert “Sandy” Sands, senior vice president of external and governmental affairs at Baha Mar, goes over the site map for the $3.5 billion resort. TORRELL GLINTON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • A scale model in the Baha Mar sales center, with the sea in the background, shows the elevated roadway leading to the entrance of the resort. TORRELL GLINTON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Robert D.L. Sands, senior vice president, administration and external affairs, Baha Mar TORRELL GLINTON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • In the background of the photo is the stretch of Cable Beach plan to be restored to its glory days as the Bahamian Riviera. The pool of the Wyndham Nassau is in the foreground. TORRELL GLINTON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Construction cranes rise above four new hotels that will be part of the Baha Mar complex: the Grand Hyatt, Mondrian, Rosewood and The Baha Mar Casino & Hotel. TORRELL GLINTON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Jack Nicklaus comes to Baha Mar every few months to check progress on the 18-hole course that bears his name. TORRELL GLINTON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Robert Sands, a senior vice president at Baha Mar, stands near an old water tower that is at the highest point of the resort. The tower will be turning into a viewing area for Baha Mar. TORRELL GLINTON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • The new golf club, which is built in modern colonial style, sits on a hill above Baha Mar. TORRELL GLINTON / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Signs at entrance to complex where Chinese have offices and barracks says: “Baha Mar countdown: 294 days. Strive for 120 days and make huge progress.’’ MIMI WHTIEFIELD / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Guests at the Meliá hotel on Cable Beach. The hotel will be renovated and join the Baha Mar complex as Meliá at Baha Mar. MIMI WHTIEFIELD / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • FILE-- Ground will be broken Feb. 21 on Baha Mar, a 1,000-acre resort that will have 3,800 rooms. This rendering shows what the project, which will be built along Nassau's Cable Beach, will look like when completed in 2014. Courtesy of Baha Mar / COURESTY OF BAHA MAR