Gulfport Yacht Club
Located at the Port of Gulfport, this 19,000 sf building encompasses meeting rooms, a large private restaurant with full bar, and a dramatic ballroom with cathedral ceilings overlooking the seascape of the Gulfport Harbor, all of which is perched above a large deck. This cast-in-place concrete structure with steel superstructure vaults more than 70 feet above sea level to culminate in a cupola which encompasses 24 windows whose ambient light can be seen for miles away. The roof structure itself has opposing dormers and vaulted arched windows that bathe the interior with natural light during the day. The exterior is enclosed with cement board siding for durability. The Gulfport Yacht Club posed special challenges because of it’s location on a point of land with little staging area anywhere nearby. This was further complicated by the fact the Yacht Club was still operating on the same property throughout the construction schedule. With small children taking sailing or swimming classes literally circulating around the construction zone, there were unique safety concerns.
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