A local developer, contracted ABM to design improvements for the exterior of her recently purchased building. The owner’s concept was to renovate and improve the previous catering and Banquette facility under a new name, The Palmetto Club, with the intention of leasing out the restaurant space to become a new stand alone restaurant for the oil center, as well as to support the functions of the Banquet facility. In addition, a third lease space was built out for the new concept food service company, Ready Fit Meals.

The aesthetic direction was initiated by the function and brand of the Palmetto Club, which was to have a “southern garden” feel. The existing brickwork was repaired and “washed” with a stucco finish. New insulated storefront glass was installed to replace the original, single pane windows to allow the building to become more energy efficient. The selection of horizontal “tube” material is intended to convey a feeling of “lattice work” attached to the exterior walls. Original metal artwork was produced and installed by local craftsman, Ralph Goodyear, including custom sconces, signage for the Palmetto Club, door pulls and sculptural elements.

The oil center location came with the issue of limited parking. Our firm worked with the owner to determine the best use of the existing parking spaces as they relate to each of the tenant spaces. Additionally, providing functional service isles was taken into consideration while maintaining safe and accessible pathways to the entrances of each space.