TSH's Building Services Department completes the Port Whitby Marina Clubhouse project

The Town of Whitby staged a gala evening in June to celebrate the official opening of the new Whitby Marina Clubhouse building. The catered affair which was attended by a number of local dignitaries, politicians and senior Town staff was a good test for the new main lounge. The new facility had its public opening during Whitby Harbour Days, a local annual event, shortly thereafter.

This building is a long overdue and welcome addition to Whitby's inventory of community buildings and is being well received by the boaters who dock their boats at the marina and by the general public who are able to book the Audi Lounge for private functions.

TSH completed the master plan for the Port Whitby Marina in 1977 leaving a prime space in the plan vacant for a future clubhouse building. That space has now been filled by the new building which houses a washroom and laundry facility for the boaters, administrative and staff facilities, and of course the lounge and bar.

Central to the plan is a large and open lobby area capped by a glazed three storey tower feature that recalls the imagery of a lighthouse. Extensive use of glazing on the interior and lakeside elevations, allows visitors in the Lobby, to look through the adjacent rooms to the waterfront and marina beyond. Large roof overhangs cover the patio and shelter patrons from both the hot summer sun and inclement weather.

TSH architect Barry Knoll worked closely with Town of Whitby staff to develop the program and design that would meet the needs of the large marina with its 450 berths and the community at large. TSH provided all architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical design services for the project.

The building is already becoming a landmark on the waterfront and is helping Whitby become a desired destination for the many boaters and tourists who vacation on Lake Ontario.

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