Lauderdale Yacht Club’s New Clubhouse is Complete
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Miller Construction has completed the new 36,941-square-foot clubhouse for Lauderdale Yacht Club, combining Old World craftsmanship with advanced building systems.
The project included demolishing the previous 1950s-era clubhouse and building the new two-story structure at the yacht club’s location on a prime point site overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway at 1725 SE 12 Street. An existing state-of-the-art commercial kitchen that Miller built in 2015 adjoins the new structure.
Reflecting Lauderdale Yacht Club’s upscale image and its nautical and social traditions dating back to 1938, the clubhouse designed by Spina O’Rourke Architects features detailed finishes, from tongue-and-groove, fabric and acoustical plank ceilings, to custom millwork, as well as intricate tile patterns using more than 50 different tiles.
Club members’ convenience, comfort and safety were top-of-mind for Miller’s crews, requiring meticulous planning and staging of materials within the site’s limited space. The club’s tennis and fitness facilities and swimming pool operated on regular schedules, and valet parking was available throughout most of the project, despite site constraints. The majority of boats in the club’s marina were able to stay in their slips during the construction.
The location, in the heart of a quiet, high-end residential neighborhood, meant careful coordination with all subcontractors was essential to minimize any disruption.
With elegant, flexible spaces, the clubhouse positions Lauderdale Yacht Club for a dynamic future. A spacious main dining room on the ground floor is expandable, to include the smaller Cove Harbor room. The Abenaki Lounge, Cypress Bar and the Wine Room are also on the first floor, along with children’s playroom, club shop and covered terrace. The second floor includes administrative offices plus the Burgee Bar, the Commodore Room and the New River Room for relaxing, dining and members’ events, as well as covered and uncovered terrace areas overlooking the waterway. On each floor, Solar Innovation glass door track systems enable the club to open glass walls between the interior and the terraces, extending space when needed.
Project team members included engineers Bliss & Nyitray, Inc. (structural), KAMM (mechanical, electrical and plumbing), and Flynn Engineering (civil). Miller’s use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) assured precise coordination of MEP systems.
For the clubhouse project, Miller drew on experience handling new construction and major renovations for clients including Fisher Island Club, Lago Mar Resort and Club and Key Biscayne Yacht Club. Founded in 1973, Miller Construction Company is a prominent South Florida design/builder and construction services firm serving commercial, industrial, hospitality, automotive, retail, healthcare and educational markets.