The Beck Group
220 W. 7th Avenue, #200, Tampa, FL 33602
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,
Basic Construction Type: Adpative Reuse/Historic Renovation
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.
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
Beck's Tampa office is located next door to Ulele. To learn more about
Entrances & Storefronts: EuroWall, YKK AP America
Concrete Stain: LM Scofield