The original structure, located on the southshore of Lake Pontchartrain, burned down during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The project encompassed 33,000 square feet interior building space with an additional 13,000 square fee open space beneath the structure to be used for outdoor events and sailing instruction. Because the Southern Yacht Club is located outside the flood protection area, the building had to be built 15 feet above base flood elevation. The new building design encompasses elements of earlier clubhouses including a cupola as a signature feature on the symmetrical building mass. The clubhouse is situated to take advantage of the panoramic views of Lake Pontchartrain and has significant glass areas facing the lake in addition to generous balconies for viewing and entertaining. The balcony railings emulate those on waterfronts and ships with tensioned stainless steel cable rails. Exterior cladding consists of cement plaster (stucco), metal wall and roof panels, and cement board siding. The facility also includes a bar, dining facilities, grille, fitness room, boardroom and meeting facilities, locker rooms and administrative offices.
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Contractor: Landis Construction
Architect: Waggoner & Ball
Year Completed: 2012
Size: 20,000 sq ft