The Marco Island Marriott project involved the redevelopment of the resort’s lobby, porte cochere, Balinese-inspired grand entrance, casual main-dining Maia restaurant, fine-dining Ario restaurant, and the 24,000-square-foot main kitchen. The resort was shut down for 90 days to accommodate this fasttrack project, which saw 62,000 square feet of space renovated over the course of 78 working days.
The resort’s porte cochere sits atop an elevated structure directly above the main kitchen, and it underwent a redesign requiring the construction team to add structural reinforcements to support additional landscaping. During PCL’s demolition of the existing kitchen, it was discovered that, to reinforce the concrete structure from the underside as planned, MEP would need to be relocated, with costs exceeding $250,000 and schedule delays of roughly four to five weeks. PCL suggested using upturn concrete beams at the porte cochere slab in lieu of structural steel in the main kitchen. The landscaping design was adjusted and the upturn beams were installed above the existing structural slab in the planter area, preventing any MEP relocation and delays in the kitchen. The impact to the project schedule was minimized, and PCL accelerated the landscaping trade contractor to compensate for the loss time.