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  Ulele RestaurantUlele Restaurant

Design/Builder

The Beck Group
220 W. 7th Avenue, #200, Tampa, FL 33602
www.beckgroup.com

General Description

Location: Tampa, Florida
Date Bid: Oct 2011*
Construction Period: Aug 2013 to Aug 2014
Total Square Feet: 8,905 Site: 1.21 acre.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 7,612; second floor, 1,293; total, 8,905 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 9’ 6”; second floor, 7’ 3”; total, 30’.
Basic Construction Type: Adpative Reuse/Historic Renovation
Foundation: Slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Existing brick, CMU, curtain wall.
Roof: Asphalt shingles.
Floors: Concrete, wood.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
* This was a developer competition. The AEC team was direct selected after the developer was awarded the project by the City of Tampa.
 

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Master Consulting Engineers, Inc. - 5523 W. Cypress Street, #200, Tampa, FL 33607
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Volt Air Consulting Engineers - 220 W. 7th Avenue, #210, Tampa, FL 33602
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: The Beck Group - 220 W. 7th Avenue, #200, Tampa, FL 33602


The Beck Group recently completed its role in an expansive adaptive reuse project that transformed a historic water pumping station into a new and highly anticipated restaurant, brewery and beer garden situated on the edge of Tampa's Hillsborough River. The restaurant, Ulele (pronounced U-lay-lee), opened its doors on August 26 and embraces the region's rich Native American heritage. It is also the centerpiece of a larger, ongoing civic revitalization effort that includes a new waterfront park and playground, as well as winding pedestrian pathways, in an underutilized area just north of the downtown on the final leg of the Tampa Riverwalk.

The once abandoned, turn-of-the-century water works building is now a restored example of the area's architectural history, while also finding new functionality. The 9,800-square-foot brick building was built in the early 1900s and functioned as a potable water pumping station for Tampa until it was decommissioned in 1930. For a time after that, it was utilized for city office and storage space until falling into disuse.

Chosen to head up the architectural design and construction aspects, Beck renovated the water work's building adding both functional and aesthetic components to support the new restaurant, while also being careful to preserve the historic character and exterior
red brick facade.

Among the interior modifications, the two-story building now houses a second floor loft for additional dining space. A wooden staircase leads to two wood-floor dining mezzanines that float over an oyster-shucking station and elaborate concrete bar embedded with arrowheads and seashells. In total, indoor seating is available for a maximum of 200 people, plus additional outdoor seating is for another 200 people. In fact, outdoor dining was an important component, since the seating extends around the restaurant's exterior so that guests can enjoy waterfront views that often include sightings of manatees, dolphins and other native wildlife. Ulele also has an expansive, state-of-the-art kitchen that features a 10-foot diameter barbacoa grill. Other notable design elements include the building's refurbished cathedral ceiling constructed of whitewashed pine beams and polished concrete floor.

Outside, the restaurant grounds include a beer garden and brewhouse, as well as a natural spring that empties into a lagoon featuring a bronze statue of Ulele, the mythic Native American princess for whom the restaurant is named.

Ulele, which is owned by Columbia Restaurant owner Richard Gonzmart, joins seven other Columbia restaurants in Florida, including the iconic flagship location in Ybor City. It is located just north of downtown Tampa at 7th Avenue and Doyle Carlton Drive. The restaurant and brewery celebrate the vibrant fusion of ingredients from Florida waters and land once home to many Native Americans. Ulele specializes in intricately flavored, visually appealing dishes and spirits fused from a variety of North American and
multicultural cuisines.

Beck's Tampa office is located next door to Ulele. To learn more about Ulele, visit www.ulele.com.

Product Information
Entrances & Storefronts: EuroWall, YKK AP America
Concrete Stain: LM Scofield
Lighting: Lumastream
 

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