Vero Beach, Florida

The Moorings Yacht & Country Club

Clubhouse Remodel

The Moorings Club, a private, member-owned yacht and country club community, anchors the southern end of Indian River County on the barrier island known as John's Island in South Florida. They were essentially tossed into the eye of the storm after extensive hurricane damage from two consecutive hurricanes - within two weeks of each other in September 2004 - damaged their clubhouse so severely that it had to be torn down.

Club memberships grew from 700 before the storms to more than 950 memberships after the new clubhouse was completed and food and beverage revenues jumped from $900,000/year to $2.5 million.

Management contacted Peacock + Lewis, whose primary area of specialization is club amenity design, to work with the Mooring in the reconstruction process. Working with the leadership and staff of the club, civil engineers and the contactor, the architects and planners gathered necessary member demographic, historic and budget criteria along with site parameters and constraints to quickly develop a design for a new two-story clubhouse on the same site as the storm-ravaged clubhouse.

In a short four-month period, a site plan, floor plans and exterior elevations were created for the new clubhouse. In addition, a financing plan was established and a booklet printed to present the clubhouse concept to the membership for a vote. The members voted in March 2005 by a margin of 1,539 to 52 to proceed with the new clubhouse and financing plan.

Following the successful vote, construction documents were created, building permits were obtained, the old clubhouse was razed and the building site was prepared for the new structure.

The lobby, with its clerestory, articulated timber trusses, commanding chandelier and fireplace establishes the understated elegance members desired, as does the inviting soft sand and blue colors in the two sitting areas arranged on area rugs over a wide-planked wood floor. The same can be said for the upper-level Governor's Lounge that features a stained millwork bar; a fireplace with cozy, soft seating; and plenty of conversation and gathering areas. French doors open to an outdoor terrace that offers views of the river, golf course and the ocean beyond.

Also on the upper level is the Royal Palm Room - the club's "living room," which seats 88 comfortably for pre-function gatherings or cocktails in a combination of soft seating and table seating's. The River Room which easily accommodates 188, also features a dance floor, and sun-filtering blinds, which silently lower at the touch of a switch. The Sunset Grill, named after the 18th fairway adjacent to the main dining room seats 88. The walls separating the three dining rooms can be rolled back into concealed storage pockets and opened to accommodate more than 400 diners.

The lower level houses a golf shop with coordinating millwork designed for the retail of golf and specialty items, beautifully appointed ladies' and men's lounges and locker rooms, a trophy display area an two distinct dining rooms. The Commodore's Room is understated yet features wonderfully subtle nautical nuances. The Moorings "Birgie" is featured in the center of the long stain glass design that fronts the cabinets behind the bar. The backs of the chairs in this room feature a porthole shaped frame with images of sea faring schooners.

This room also has a beautiful view of the river and putting green, and it is equipped with audio -visual capability so the club can host special functions for those visiting from other clubs. (The Moorings has reciprocity with 38 other yacht clubs - all members of the Florida Council of Yachts.)

The Dockside Grill, located by the pool and adjacent to the tennis courts, was designed with more casual living in mind. It is a great place for members to come after working out, playing golf or after a swim or tennis match. The space's German-made "Nana" walls can be opened easily with just two fingers - a perfect venue for special indoor/outdoor occasions.