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  Youell’s Oyster HouseYouell’s Oyster House


Bonsall Shafferman Architects & Space Planners
1640 Valley Center Parkway, Bethlehem, PA 18017

General Description

Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Date Bid: Aug 2013
Construction Period: Sept 2013 to Mar 2014
Total Square Feet: 6,107 Site: .124 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: Basement, 1,257; first floor, 3,892; mezzanine, 958; total 6,107 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 8’; first floor, 12’; mezzanine, 8’; total, 9’3”.
Basic Construction Type: New. Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Asphalt shingles, membrane. Floors: Concrete, wood. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: 4G Engineering, LLC - 1209 Hausman Road, #A, Allentown, PA 18104
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Ondra-Huyett Associates - 7584 Morris Court, #210, Allentown, PA 18106
Mechanical Engineer: Burkholders Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. - 383 Minor Street, Emmaus, PA 18049
Electrical Engineer: Liberty Engineering, Inc. - 7535 Windsor Drive, #B203, Allentown, PA 18195

How do you help a client whose restaurant burns down and the current zoning only allows an area the size of a trailer to re-build it on?

From the beginning, Bonsall Shafferman Architects partnered with construction manager Ondra Huyett Associates to lead the design process. Owner Chris Filipos required that the building be designed and rebuilt within a year's time per the terms of his property insurance. Factored into this time constraint were the land development approvals and a zoning variance meeting.

It was important that the building have a residential scale from the exterior and yet have the presence of a restaurant. A gable roof echoes the home next door. Shingle & Lap siding were used to clad the building. Elegant entrance doors help draw customers in. Generously proportioned windows allow in plenty of natural light as well as views to the neighborhood.

Chris was inspired by his travels to restaurants in Maine. Bonsall Shafferman worked diligently from Chris's ideas which ranged from the pendant school house lighting fixtures suspended from iron pipes to the finishes and materials such as the granite countertops and engineered
wood flooring.

A mezzanine provides for more private dining and overlooks the first floor dining area below. The owner is a bee keeper. There is a section of flat roof external to the mezzanine area that serves
as an apiary.

Youell's Oyster House is truly a neighborhood restaurant. It's hard to imagine a better amenity to have in one's community.

Product Information
Building Envelope: James Hardie Roofing: Mule-Hide, GAF Slateline
Windows: Eagle Entrances & Storefronts: Norwood
Flooring: Armstrong Lighting: Justice, LSI, Rejuvenation
Dumbwaiter: Butler's Buddy

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