Future Plans for the Apalachicola Museum Location

Active planning is underway on the development of a grand new Museum structure at 103 Water Street.

The Vision

Artist rendering which depicts the new Museum as viewed from the Highway 98 bridge approaching Apalachicola.

A chronology of the ongoing architectural design efforts for the new structure follows.


June 2007

The Original Architectural Design - Gilchrist Ross Crowe Architects

Initial architectural designs were developed in June 2007 which called for a LEED certified building with green roof and an internal two story ship building and restoration facility.  These initial renderings prepared by Connor Ross incorporated the original goals of creating a mid 1800s style brick warehouse structure with the latest of technologies incorporated into the building structure to achieve LEED certification.

Bird’s Eye View showing the access to the green roof and observation area.


February 2008

Modified Designs to Address Compliance Requirements - Garlick Environmental Associates

As planning and permitting processes proceeded through February, 2008 Garlick Environmental Associates prepared site planning documents which incorporate revised designs to be compliant with FEMA required flood elevations of 10 feet above mean high water and the current zoning variances in review which are necessary to support a vegetative roof. The planning documents from this effort are shown below.

A Bird’s Eye View showing the footprint of the new structure.


April 2009

Updated Architectural Designs for Aesthetics - Mr. George Coon

A Water Street View.


July 2009

New Concrete Dock - Gary R. Crumley

Throughout the building evaluation process we were working a parallel effort to replace the waterfront dockage. Early on we realized that this new dock needed to be constructed prior to the new building. The permitting process took nearly a year and in July 2009 the contract was awarded and construction began. The concrete construction was completed in October 2009 resulting in the sturdiest dock on the Apalachicola waterfront with an estimated 100 year life, reflecting the long term commitment of resilience in the museum mission. The dock has many special features for the museum operations including a 5000 pound lift davit for launch and retrieval of small craft. Soon after concrete construction was completed, we began the design work on the railing, awning and supporting launch platforms.

View of rail and awning plans for the new dock.


September 2009

Formal Bid Request and Responses

In September 2009 we retained the services of Don Arbree to manage the bid preparation, solicitation and response analysis for the new maritime museum building that would incorporate all of the work done to date. The process progressed through a Request for Qualifications which was submitted to a field of approximately 20 contractors in late September for a design build proposal where the architectural and construction components of the project are to be managed by the contractor. Based on responses received, we proceeded to finalize the Request for Proposal that was sent to twelve most qualified contractors. We received ten responses. Analysis of the bids was completed in early April with a presentation to the Board of Directors. We are currently evaluating the proposals and preparing to engage in contract discussions. We welcome your suggestions and comments related to these proposals. Following is the summary of the bids received.


4M Design Group

This proposed building is steel and wood framed with staircases at diagonally opposite corners and a central utilities core. Use of wood based exterior and interior materials evokes historic construction and mimics post and beam structure. Windows are balanced in all directions. Front entry includes ramp access and lobby at second floor level. The design build team is based in Tallahassee, FL. Attainable LEED points are expected to be at 50 with certainty with a possible additional 12.

4M Design Group front elevation.


Vanson Enterprises

The proposed building is constructed of cast in place concrete with siding of brick, metal, stucco and composite “faux” shingles and evoking a nautical theme with some “porthole” style windows. The interior features three staircases, one at each north corner and an observation stair at the central core. Windows are balanced front and rear. The design build team is based in Winter Park, FL. Attainable LEED points are expected to be at 46 with certainty with a possible additional 26.

Vanson Constructors west & south elevations.


Huffman, Allbritton, Coon & Ulrich

The proposed building colors evoke Nautical Architecture and boat building. The cast in place concrete structure is provided with brick accents and extensive metal siding creating an overall industrial look. Two stair towers are located along the north wall. The elevator core is located at the street side north corner with exterior stair access to the first floor lobby. The Design/Build team is based in Apalachicola & Tallahassee, FL. Attainable LEED points are expected to be at 52 with certainty with a possible additional 3.

Huffman, Allbritton, Coon & Ulrich proposed schematic design.


Sperry & Associates

The proposed structure, steel framed with concrete plank floor decks, includes covered exterior stair access to the first floor lobby and full width balconies at the rear. The exterior cladding of brick, metal, and cement board siding is adorned with a minimum of detail. Windows maximizing view and day lighting are balanced at front and rear. The interior is served by a central stair/elevator and utility core with an additional staircase at one north corner. The design build team is based in Tallahassee, FL. Attainable LEED points are expected to be at 50 with certainty with a possible additional 7.

Sperry & Associates rear elevation.


Creative Construction

The proposed building, with a cast in place concrete frame and metal infill panels features a central stair and elevator core highlighted by a full height atrium fully glazed at the street side. Window walls and balconies at the rear maximize the water views. The exterior style is contemporary with nautical detailing at the railings. The design build team is based in Clearwater, FL. Attainable LEED points are expected to be at 52 with certainty with a possible additional 3.

Creative Construction front elevation.


Holland Construction

The proposed building, with a structure combining cast in place and precast concrete elements, is sided with brick and metal evoking the industrial style of other waterfront buildings. Round windows suggest the maritime heritage the Museum will display. The lobby is accessible from the ground floor. Parapet detailing lends interest to the street side elevation. The rear balconies allow access to water views. At the interior, the main stair and elevator core are centered at the front. The second stair projects from the rear north most corner. The design build team is based in Sarasota, FL. Attainable LEED points are expected to be at 54 with certainty with a possible additional 28.

Holland Construction front elevation.


OTAK Group

The proposed building features a full brick veneer front elevation, with a cast in place concrete structure and metal siding at the sides and rear. A traditional window layout at the street side is largely balanced by windows at the rear. The interior is provided with a central stair/utility core and the second staircase at the exterior of the rear north corner provides additional access to the rear balconies. The front entry stairs, flanked by brick faced piers accents the traditional exterior style. The design build team is based in Yulee, FL. Attainable LEED points are expected to be at 53 with certainty with a possible additional 32.

OTAK Group Water Street elevation.


Mad Dog Construction

The proposed building features a cast in place concrete structure with brick veneer accents and cement board siding. The covered front entry features a split exterior staircase and tall columns which emphasize the traditional styling. Colonial style windows at front and rear continue the historic theme. The interior features a large central core with elevator, utilities, and two staircases. Balconies across the rear maximize water views. The design build team is based in Tallahassee, FL. Attainable LEED points are expected to be at 47 with certainty with a possible additional 14.

Mad Dog Construction Water Street elevation.