Birchwood Design Group

- Providence, RI

Background

Newport Harbor Corporation is an employee-owned (ESOP) hospitality company located in Newport, Rhode Island, that owns and/or operates the Newport Restaurant Group (including The Mooring, 22 Bowen’s, The Boat House, and Hemenway’s), Newport Exhibition Group, and Castle Hill Inn.

They worked with Birchwood Design on a design-build process through the fall and winter of 2012-13. The client wanted to enhance the outdoor dining experience at Castle Hill Inn by enlarging the outdoor patio area, adding a mobile kitchen, and creating a covered bar area.

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Design Solution

By working closely with the contractor, and tenting the site so that construction could continue throughout the winter, Birchwood Design was able to meet the challenges of time frame and topography. Paving, wall, and cap details were designed specifically to allow the contractor flexibility to build into the existing ledge conditions. Detailed grading plans were also developed, including terraced dining areas that follow the slope of the hill, in order to incorporate the existing topography with limited disturbance. Terraced areas with surrounding stone walls created smaller, intimate dining areas separated by planting beds and steps. The design showcases the exceptional views of Narragansett Bay from the new bar, outdoor patio, and dining areas.

Newport Harbor Corporation is an employee-owned (ESOP) hospitality company located in Newport, Rhode Island, that owns and/or operates the Newport Restaurant Group (including The Mooring, 22 Bowen’s, The Boat House, and Hemenway’s), Newport Exhibition Group, and Castle Hill Inn.

They worked with Birchwood Design on a design-build process through the fall and winter of 2012-13. The client wanted to enhance the outdoor dining experience at Castle Hill Inn by enlarging the outdoor patio area, adding a mobile kitchen, and creating a covered bar area.

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"It was a fast-paced, exciting project. There was very little time between the design and the construction, we had to get it right the first time and be willing to quickly adapt to challenging and unforeseen field conditions. We knew it had to be ready for the beginning of the summer season in Newport. Birchwood and the entire design team made it happen! " -Paul O'Reilly, CEO, Newport Harbor Corporation