Category Government + Specialties

Edgewater Apartments

edgewater apartments

New Construction  |  Edgewater, FL


MacDill Air Force Base Fitness Center

MacDill Air Force Base Fitness Center

Interior Renovation  |  Tampa, FL  |  25,000 SQ FT

As a repeat client, MacDill looked to EMPAD to undertake an extensive interior renovation of their 25,000 square foot fitness facility to include space planning, a new mezzanine and vertical circulation elements, mechanical upgrades, new equipment layouts, finishes, and lighting. The result is a state-of-the-art fitness center that is designed to best serve the MacDill community as it seeks to promote healthy lifestyle opportunities for its employees and their families.

Olivia Modern Italian Restaurant

Modern Italian Restaurant

Interior and Exterior Renovation  |  Tampa, FL  |  5,000 SQ FT  |  Completed in 2019

EMPAD’s team of principal architects and designers enthusiastically undertook the task of converting a former wine bistro into the renowned establishment now recognized as The Olivia Restaurant. When world-renowned Chef Chris Ponte entrusted EMPAD to craft an environment that matches the excellence of his culinary creations, our skilled experts in interior design and culinary planning collaborated to fashion an exceptional space. This includes a customized bar area, a captivating floor-to-ceiling cellar, and an open dough room, thoughtfully integrated within the dining area for a unique experience.

Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express

Multiple Locations

Providing design services for both exterior and interior renovations to major hotel chains including Hampton Inn and Suites and Holiday Inn Express, EMPAD is excited to collaborate with the hospitality industry and its rapidly growing need for both renovation and new construction for its facilities throughout the Southeast. We understand that our clients in this sector deal with complex challenges including continual renovation needs while maintain open service to visitors, and we are committed to providing the highest standard of design and management in order to allow these clients to continue their services while improving their facilities with seamless transition.

PONTE Modern American Restaurant

Modern American Restaurant

Tennant Improvement Project  |  Midtown – Tampa, FL  |  6,600 SQ FT  |  Completed in 2022

EMPAD Architecture was entrusted to create a space in Midtown Tampa that not only serves to reflect the modern,
state-of-the-art, culinary dishes that Chef Chris Ponte is set to create, but that is also highly functional for efficient
restaurant operation. To achieve this, we incorporated numerous key design features, including strong visual
connections throughout the entire restaurant, a full-height glass wall for patrons to view the culinary art in creation,
and a large bar area including a 15’ tall, all-glass wine storage room, which separates the bar and dining areas.
Moreover, the bar area has numerous euro-wall door systems that give it the ability to open up completely to the
large, covered, outdoor seating area, while the dining area itself is filled with high-end finishes and unique lighting
along with the signature Chef Ponte elements, like the long, linear banquet seating and the rounded booths along
the exterior walls. 

Grace Family Church

Grace Family Church

Adaptive Re-Use  |  Tampa, FL  |  50,000 SQ FT  |  Completed in 2015

The renovation of half of an existing single-story warehouse for the congregation of Grace Family Church in Tampa provided EMPAD with a complex set of needs for design solutions that would best serve this growing church. Providing complete demolition of the interiors and creating a new sanctuary, lobby, classrooms, coffee shop, restrooms, staff offices, childcare center and exterior courtyard, the design outcome was one that enabled this community of people with such a wide range of activities to best function within this new environment and continue to serve the surrounding Tampa community from a central location.