The design concept is to create a coastal contemporary dining experience with support, amenities, and activities for the Pelican Bay Community and their guests. The user’s experience is to combine a casual and sophisticated experience for both restaurant patrons and beach goers. The facility is a multi-use, restaurant, with sheltered recreational activities, and beach support and access. The facility was a complete renovation of an existing facility. Consisting of three renovated buildings and the removal and replacement of steel framed and fabric covered dining and activity areas with timber framing, tongue and groove ceilings and metal roofing. DESIGNER’S SCOPE OF WORK: Interior and exterior dining Bar Entry and host station Service station Restrooms UNUSUAL CONSTRAINTS: A beach property, accessible by cart via a 1.5 mile path through mangroves. All building construction staging, materials, and deliveries were transported to the site via cart down the 1.5 miles of board walk. Both interior and exterior materials and products were carefully selected due to the marine conditions. Lighting fixtures had to be turtle compliant to minimize light pollution during turtle season. The existing elevated deck had to be repaired and leveled to install new flooring, due to deferential settlement. OPPORTUNITIES: Relocation of HVAC units in the main dining building located within the existing ceiling allowed for the cupola to become part of the dining room. Creating a dramatic architectural feature and allowing natural light to filter through. Coordination with Owner which include a multitude of design and review boards and departments including facility, maintenance, and operations created its own challenges but presented opportunities for creative and coordinated design solutions and a lasting relationship. MEETING PROJECT OBJECTIVES AND UNIQUE FEATURES: Bathrooms had to be casual and materials durable enough for beach goers while providing for casual yet sophisticated restaurant dining. Relating the interior dining and exterior dining to its surrounding through structure, lighting, material, form, color, and character.
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