South Seas Island Resort, a private retreat on Captiva Island, contracted with Stevens Construction to build a luxurious 12,000-square-foot clubhouse and lagoon pool complex as part of a $141 million renovation of the resort necessitated by Hurricane Charley.
The island resort withstood severe wind damage during Hurricane Charley in 2004. The original pool and clubhouse were almost completely demolished. Because of the resort’s island location, construction materials had to be transported across the Sanibel Causeway Bridge. Due to weight limitations and ongoing bridge construction, the Stevens team had to make late night material deliveries during low traffic times when the load limits were lifted.
Stevens Construction built the new clubhouse to surpass its former splendor. Guests can dine on the first level veranda at a poolside restaurant, in the interior dining hall, or on the rooftop overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. An expansive 1.5-acre brick-paved sundeck provides ample space for lounging and features two resort-style lagoon pools with fountains, a spa, cabanas and attendant buildings. Lush landscaping completes the tropical oasis.
The project was built in full compliance with coastal structural regulations for hurricane conditions. High-end finishes, including custom cabinetry faced with granite and Italian marble, porcelain tile floors and granite countertops, were used throughout the clubhouse. Upscale custom lighting fixtures were used as well.
To reduce costs, the construction team proposed innovative solutions including attaching the pool equipment and emergency generator building to the clubhouse, instead of going with the original plan to build a separate, more costly structure. They took other cost-saving measures such as constructing a 5V metal roof instead of a standing seam and using thin-set tile in place of composite on the terrace decks. An alternate light fixture package further reduced costs.
Stevens Construction saved the client more than $300,000 during the pre-construction and design phase of this project.
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