The Andiamo Riverfront restaurant is located along the Detroit River in the GM Renaissance Center. The 12,000 S.F. design-build restaurant includes Dining, Lounge, Two Bars, Banquet Rooms and a Kitchen. The project also included an attached “Grab and Go” deli named Presto where patrons can get a sandwich or Andiamo dishes to go.
The project had several unique challenges. The space occupied by the restaurant was originally a parking deck. Prior to starting design, Roncelli had the entire space surveyed with floor elevations, ceilings and existing pipe runs documented as to elevation and location. The architectural design had to account for very low ceiling restraints and numerous existing pipes servicing the operating Renaissance Center. Floating in some ceiling elements and leaving the ceilings exposed in other areas accomplished this. Another challenge was constructing the kitchen, bar and toilet room areas directly above the buildings energized electrical switchgear room. Special care was taken to completely waterproof and flood test these areas prior to placing quarry tile and terrazzo flooring. This ensured that should there be a water leak in the kitchen, the safety of the electrical gear below would not be compromised. Mechanical and electrical design had to mesh with the existing building requirements. Steam had to be throttled down to 5 lbs and the electrical system could not exceed 600 amp service. In early July, lightweight concrete fill was placed to level the uneven parking deck surface. The restaurant was constructed in a short five months.
The large kitchen with quarry tile flooring was designed to service not only the restaurant but also service catering for a group of several hundred in the “Wintergarden”. Patrons entering, pass by the mahogany bar/band combo area and saltwater fish tanks complete with jellyfish, on their way to the main Dining Room, which overlooks the river. In the warmer months, outdoor dining will be available over-looking the Detroit.
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