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Multistory Building Projects

Harbor Pointe Condominiums

This Project consists of three large 12-Story Buildings, and a smaller 5-Story Building, which are all sited directly on the Indian River / Innercoastal Waterway in Titusville, Florida.

The first two levels of each of the three 12-story buildings is a parking level. A system of retaining walls and ramps allows vehicle access to the elevated parking levels. The remaining ten levels above are occupied by a total (all three buildings) of 206 luxury condominiums units.

The five-story Building 4 has one level of parking + four levels of apartments. In this building, each of the elevated floors is occupied entirely by one condominium unit.

Sean Burlingham P.E. served as the Structural Engineer of Record, and as the Special Inspector of Record for this Project. Our Firm provided all of the structural construction drawings and all of the structural inspection services.

The structural construction of the three 12-story towers was completed in the Spring of 2006. The 5-story building was completed in February 2007.





Whitley Bay Condominiums

This Project was built in two phases. Phase One was the large 13-story condominium tower sited directly on the Indian River / Innercoastal Waterway in Cocoa, Florida.

(Read more about the Whitley Bay Project in Concrete Homes Magazine here )

The first two levels of the 13-story Tower are parking. An elevated ramp on the south side of the building allows vehicle access to the elevated parking level. The remaining eleven levels above are occupied by a total 64 luxury condominiums units. The 13-story tower features a covered entry with a decorative 2-story gazebo tower at the walkway which is an elaborate structure.

Adjacent to the 13-story tower is a 3-story parking and recreation structure. The top level has a recreation deck that includes a community Recreation/Meeting Building on the north side, and a "Covered Seating" Building on the south side facing the third floor tennis courts.

Separate from the 13-story tower but still part of Phase 1 is the Dockmaster Building with an elevated swimming pool on the third floor - the first of its kind in Brevard County. It has a lower (1st floor) level of parking, a second floor with office/retail space, and the pool tank protruding from the third floor above. The top third level is the swimming pool, sundeck, and a pool bathhouse building. A bridge links the 13-story tower and the Dockmaster building at the second floor level. The developer commented to us that this was the first elevated swimming pool that he had ever built (and he has built many) that does not leak.

Phase Two of the Whitley Bay Project is the 10-Story Condominium Building. The first two levels are parking. A system of retaining walls that partially buries the first floor. A vehicle ramp on the west building face allows access to the second floor parking. The remaining eight levels above are occupied by a total 40 luxury condominiums units.

Sean Burlingham P.E. served as the Structural Engineer of Record, and as the Special Inspector of Record for this Project. Our Firm provided all of the structural construction drawings and all of the structural inspection services.

The structural construction of the 13-story Tower and the 3-story Dockmaster Building was completed in January 2004. The 10-story Building structure was completed in September 2004.




Axis Office Building,Grand Cayman

This Building is a 4-story direct oceanfront office Building on Grand Cayman, in the Cayman Islands (a British Overseas Territory). This little building is actually one of the tallest on the island.

The Structural Design was a particular challenge, because the Contractor was only able to place about 40 cubic yards of concrete per day, due to material problems inherent in a small island economy. Each of the continuous elevated structural concrete floor slabs had to be designed so that they could be constructed in several small concrete pour operations.

This Building was built in 1996. The pictures here are from our visit to the completed site in 2003. This building was successfully used as a shelter in September 2004, when the very powerful Category 5 Hurricane Ivan devastated this tiny island.

If anyone reading this webpage has more current (post-Ivan) photos of this building that they would be willing to share, please e-mail them to me.



Island Pointe Condominiums

This Project was built in two phases. Phase One was the first three condominium towers sited directly on the Indian River / Innercoastal Waterway in Merritt Island, Florida. The Phase One Buildings are two 8-story and one 7-story Towers, which all together comprise a total of 107 Luxury Apartment Units.

Phase 2 is a very large 9-story building to the south of the first three (Phase 1) buildings. The 9-story Building "2A" is actually two structurally separate 9-story buildings sitting beside each other, and it houses 78 units. The total Project includes 185 luxury condominium units.

The complex is built around the seawalls of a deep water yacht basin. There are several recreation structures in the property including a one-story parking garage and elevated tennis deck, pool houses and meeting rooms, and a commercial dockmaster office for the marina.

Sean Burlingham P.E. served as the Structural Engineer of Record, and as the Special Inspector of Record for all these buildings in the Project. Our Firm provided all of the structural construction drawings and all of the structural inspection services.

The structural construction of the first building, the 7-story Tower, began in the spring of 2003. The fourth and final building structure was completed in July 2006.




Ron Jon Resort Hotel

This timeshare / hotel project is being built in several phases spanning many years, on the northern tip of the City of Cape Canaveral. It is along the southern shore of the main Port Canaveral channel, and is within sight of the cruise ship terminals, the Trident nuclear submarine wharf, and the NASA Space Center.

Phase One was the huge main hotel building: "Building 1," which is actually five structurally separate 5-story buildings attached to each other, and also to an elaborate 3-story tall open lobby and office space, with a large 2-story porte-cochère. From the air, the separate parts of Building 1 are assembled to look like a huge number 3.

Building 2 is an L-shaped 5-Story hotel building sited directly on the Atlantic Ocean. It is the northern-most building structure in Brevard County before the expansive NASA Space Center property.

Building 1 has a total of 150 hotel units, and Building 2 has a total of 56 hotel units. There are several more future buildings in the planning stages to fill out the property.

There are two large parking garage structures on the site: a 2-story and a 3-story garage, with earth retaining wall ramps providing vehicle access to the upper decks. There is a poolhouse/locker building, an elaborate gazebo snack bar building, and a large flume pool behind Building 1. There is a 35-foot tall water slide into the flume pool. All of the buildings and amenities were structurally designed and built to resist hurricane force winds... and were all severely tested by mother nature during the 2004 hurricane season.

There are several more multi-story hotel, parking parage, and recreation buildings to be built on this property.

Sean Burlingham P.E. served as the Structural Engineer of Record, and as the Special Inspector of Record for this Project. Our Firm provided all of the structural construction drawings and all of the structural inspection services.

The design of this complicated Project began in September 2001 and continues today. The structural construction of the Phase 1 Buildings 1 and 2 and garages began in May 2002. The structural construction was complete in the early months of 2004. Construction of the next phase of the Ron Jon Resort is being planned to begin in late 2008.

For more about the Ron Jon Resort at Cape Caribe, their website is here. On their site there is also a beach webcam that shows real-time photos of the beach and of Port Canaveral.





Oleander Pointe Condominiums

Oleander Pointe is three very long 10-Story Apartment towers that are sited directly on the Indian River / Innercoastal Waterway in Cocoa, Florida.

The complex is built behind the seawalls of a deep water yacht basin. The first two floors of each 10-story tower are parking levels. The entire front entry to this building complex is an elevated parking deck; below it is a huge underground garage that connects the first floors of all three towers. The tower buildings are supported on post-tensioned raft footings, which in turn are supported by vibru-floatation sand piles. This is a fairly exotic type of building foundation that has performed exceptionally for our Project.

The construction of the first (north) tower began in October 1996, and the project's structural construction was completed in the summer of 1998.

September 1999
September 1999


Meridian Condominiums

This Project consists of two 5-Story Buildings, and an attached 3-Story Building recreation / meeting building, sited directly on the Atlantic Coast in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The first level of each buildings is a parking level. The remaining four levels above are occupied by a total of 64 high-end luxury condominiums units.

The elaborate 3-story recreation building/portico/meeting room structure attached to the west side of Building 1 was a particular challenge. This complicated three story structure houses two sets of restrooms, several meeting rooms and offices, an open stairwell, and an exercise room, which all are supported on a system of concrete beams that run over the large covered vehicle entry on the west face of Building 1.

These buildings are designed to withstand hurricane force winds, but to allow a 12-foot ocean storm surge to pass through the buildings, and thus to not undermine their foundations. If a hurricane-driven storm surge rises up over the dunes and hits the buildings, the first floor walls are designed to break away with the force of large ocean waves, and to allow the ocean to pass right through the first floor parking level of the buildings, while the main structure of the building survives above the destruction. Through this action the buildings will resist the tendency of a large hurricane to form artificial inlets through erosion around structures. This type of design for coastal erosion mitigation is required and is endorsed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. In the unlikely event that a 100-year storm surge directly hits this property and severely erodes the shoreline, these two buildings will become four story concrete stilt-supported buildings sitting above the Atlantic Ocean coastline.

Sean Burlingham P.E. served as the Structural Engineer of Record, and as the Special Inspector of Record for this Project. Our Firm provided all of the structural construction drawings and all of the structural inspection services.

The structural construction of this Project began in February 2006 and was completed in May 2007.




The Resort on Cocoa Beach

This is a huge 8-story L-shaped hotel / timeshare building directly on the ocean coast in the City of Cocoa Beach.

This building structure is notable for being one of the first direct ocean coastal buildings built in this area to be supported by a post-tensioned mat foundation.

There is a large parking garage structure on the site with elevated tennis decks and a large whirlpool hot tub on the second floor. A concrete pedestrian bridge connects the upper recreation deck to the main building.

Construction of this Project began in July 1997 and was completed on or around November 1998.

For more about The Cocoa Beach Resort, their website is here.



Solana Lakes Condominiums

Solana Lake is a Project consisting of eight 5-Story apartment buildings situated around a man-made lake in Cape Canaveral, Florida. In the photo, the Ron Jon Resort, Port Canaveral, and the southern part of the NASA Space Center can be seen north of the site.

These seven buildings are all structurally identical. The first level is parking and the four above are condominium apartments. Seawalls surround the lake and the (also man-made) island in the middle of the lake, which is accessed by the owners by using one of three provided timber bridges. There is a pool, sun deck and a recreation building on the island.

Sean Burlingham P.E. served as the Structural Engineer of Record and as the Special Inspector of Record for this Project.

The structural construction of the first "Building A" began in March of 2000, and the final "Building H" was completed in January 2003.



Harbor City Views Mixed-Use Project

This large development is to be built in the heart of Downtown Melbourne, in the pie-shaped land parcel between New Haven and Strawbridge Avenues, just to the west of the 192 Causeway bridge over the Indian River Lagoon.

As of this writing in 2008 - this project, which is to consist of two or possible three 16-Story towers - is stalled in the design stage, pending a turnaround in the Florida housing market.



Artesia Condominiums

This Project consists of a single U-shaped 5-Story Building that is actually three separate (but attached) building structures sited directly on the Atlantic Coast in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The first level is a parking level. The remaining four levels above are occupied by high-end luxury condominiums units. There is an elevated Recreation / Tennis Deck, approximately 65 feet x 120 feet, constructed west of the main apartment building. A detailed and well-decorated entrance courtyard inside the U of the U-shaped 5-story building makes this one of the most attractive Condo Projects we have built.

This building is designed to withstand hurricane force winds, but to allow a 12-foot ocean storm surge to pass through the building, and thus to not undermine their foundations. If a hurricane-driven storm surge rises up over the dunes and hits the main building, the first floor walls are designed to break away with the force of large ocean waves, and to allow the ocean to pass right through the first floor parking level of the building, while the main structure survives, above the destruction. Through this action the building will resist the tendency of a large hurricane to form artificial inlets through erosion around structures. This type of design for coastal erosion mitigation is required and is endorsed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. In the unlikely event that a 100-year storm surge directly hits this property and severely erodes the shoreline, this building will become four story concrete stilt-supported structure sitting above the Atlantic Ocean coastline.

Sean Burlingham P.E. served as the Structural Engineer of Record, and as the Special Inspector of Record for this Project. Our Firm provided all of the structural construction drawings and all of the structural inspection services.

The structural construction of this Project began in July 2001 and was completed in April 2002.



Crane Creek Medical Center

A very detailed page for this project is here

This Project is a six-story Building located directly on Crane Creek. It is being built for a consortium of prominent local medical professionals that includes Dr. Richard Hynes and the Osler Medical Group.

The first three building floors are parking levels. The top three building floors are medical offices and surgery centers. We designed the primary building structure to be reinforced and post-tensioned concrete, utilizing masonry exterior walls throughout. The roof is a combination of structural steel and post-tensioned concrete.



Ocean Breeze Condominiums



Villages of Seaport



Shorewood Condominiums



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