Carrying the intended, historic styling throughout Ocean House, Kolbe's window and doors feature 5/8-inch performance divided lite (PDL) bars to replicate the former muntin grids, while providing modern performance. In addition, Kolbe is manufacturing custom, curved glass units and unique sill design options that address Universal Design criteria and meet ADA requirements.
"We're proud our products can serve Ocean House's many requirements," says Bremer. "We realize the development, design and construction team evaluated several window and door products." She explains, "They narrowed it down to four brands that they felt could do the job. The four windows were installed by the same installation crew. Then, the four windows were evaluated for ease and time taken to install them, overall appearance, performance specifications, impact performance, and quality considerations. The design team conducting the review selected Kolbe as the number one window. We were chosen as the project window based on this exhaustive selection process."
When complete, the new Ocean House will have 120,495 square feet of finished, conditioned interior space, which adds 20,253 square feet to the original structure. To better blend with the neighborhood, the hotel's face to the community will appear nearly 7,000 square feet smaller. This less imposing scale will be accomplished by reducing the amount of gross square feet measured at the lobby level and all of the floors above. Event spaces and amenity functions such as the pool now will be below the lobby level and enclosed within the protective arms of the new hotel's two wings. This shields them from view, while remaining a welcoming destination.
"There are few people today associated with the hotel who do not have or know a story to tell about the Ocean House and its beach. Preserving the fabled hotel and its grounds will keep the old memories alive and set a stage for new ones to come," says Nicholas C. Moore, Bluff Avenue, LLC's president.