The Ritz Carlton Beach Pavilion is a 5,500 square foot beach house for meetings, weddings, private parties, dinners, and other events benefiting the Ritz Carlton hotel. The two-story structure is supported by concrete columns and elevated above the level of flood elevation.
The primary design challenge for the exterior of the pavilion was creating a building with a beach-like feel while maintaining a high level of quality worthy of being part of the Ritz brand. Materials used on the exterior include cypress, exposed concrete, and a cedar shake roof. Inside the pavilion, large dining spaces on each floor occupy the majority of the space. A full service kitchen features innovations like a mechanically operated “assembly” line in the center island. A bar, staging and storage area, and high end interior finishes complete the interior program.
One of the major challenges of the project was its delicate execution. Because of its beach location, the project required over 20 successful permits and approvals through various agencies. Among other requirements, construction crews had to take into account special lighting requirements due to the local sea turtle population, set crane equipment on the dock without disturbing the sand below, and pump concrete over hundreds of feet because of limited road access to the construction site.
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