We want to give you an in-depth look of the construction of Bubba Gump. If you’ve come to our blog, chances are you’re interested in what we do and how we do it!
So, what does it take to build a 9,000 sf restaurant on the second floor of the second biggest mall in the world? Let us tell you!
First off, for those of you familiar with Bubba Gump, there are hundreds of locations across the US. What does this mean? This means that there is a LOT to compare to and try to directly imitate. This is quite possibly the biggest challenge in working with large chains. With an established brand, and a tried and true design, there isn’t much room (or desire) for improvising. The Bubba Gump design can best be described as “rustic” and “oceanic”. This mostly entails taking brand new material freshly installed and making it look old. Yes, this is much harder than one would think! One specific example was the corrugated metal panels that were made here locally were transitioned to look like those that you would see closer to oceans. We needed to give the restaurant the appearance that we were located near water (which, we clearly are not).
Not only were we not located near water, the existing space was a clothing store which we needed to transition into a fully functional, high quality restaurant. The change of use issues that arise with the mechanical and electrical engineering are tricky and necessary to mitigate immediately. Not to mention we needed to take the necessary precautions and extensive coordination with the downstairs tenant, Chapters. Working above an operating tenant around the clock to meet timelines while we give respect to their customers was extremely difficult and we also had the upper level to consider. In order to drop our make-up air exhaust fans and rooftop units, the accessibility was nearly impossible so an innovative solution was required. The solution? Helicopters! This along with very precise air traffic coordination by our Site Supervisors. We always say we have the right people, and in this case, it was very apparent. We worked with the best to intellectually come up with unique solutions to get the job done.
We knew how important of a project this was to everyone involved, and we took it seriously. Working with an international company means there is an elevated level of education that happens before you can begin as well as each step along the way. International processes can vastly differ from Canada, and we need to be the ones who advise our clients and effectively communicate them. We guided our clients through permitting, occupancy ratios and codes, and safely transitioned fire + safety regulations. With the strict timelines, we were able to expedite such things like AGLC approvals. Knowing the right people to get things done will always be one of our biggest advantages. Consistent and often daily communication with their project lead based out of Texas was a vital component to manage. With technology, we were able to provide instant photos mid-conversation, weekly reports, and whatever else was required for them to visualize the progress.
We are so proud to have worked with such a successful company. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should! Delicious food, great staff, and a unique environment.
“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” Well, with GH, you do know what you’re going to get. Your project delivered as desired.
Thanks for reading -
The GH Team