FPA was retained by Essex County to design the Essex County Boathouse, located at the Turtle Back Zoo. The restaurant was designed to overlook the scenic Orange Reservoir. The restaurant was designed to appear as a rustic lodge resting on the outskirts of the reservoir. The 12,000 sq. ft. restaurant is comprised of three dining areas, a bar, two restroom areas, a hostess station, three offices, and a state of the art kitchen. The restaurant patrons vary from a small family to a 250 people wedding.
FPA was involved in the design of the HVAC system, plumbing, electric system, light fixture selection, site layout and landscaping. FPA was also involved in the construction administration, geotechnical design, and surveying. FPA was responsible for coordinating the design elements between ourselves, the architect and the kitchen designer. The construction cost for the Essex County Boathouse is 4.1 million dollars.