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.

EDGE Animal Hospital

Animal Hospital

Interior and Exterior Renovation  |  St. Petersburg, FL  |  3,100 SQ FT  |  Completed in 2020

The local veterinary hospital was redesigned to create a comfortable and family-friendly atmosphere, while prioritizing safety and efficiency for both staff and patients. The owners of this hospital were committed to providing a space that would make pet owners feel at ease when bringing in their furry family members.  EMPAD designed this veterinary hospital with the well-being of animals in mind, creating a fear-free environment using techniques that promote care and comfort. The staff places top priority on cleanliness and care to ensure the best possible experience for everyone involved. The exterior of the hospital features vibrant and stunning murals of animals, which adds to the beauty of the premises and creates a positive atmosphere. The result is an animal hospital that is both inviting and functional, providing a comfortable and stress-free environment for pets.

The Saint Hotel

The Saint Hotel

Interior and Exterior Renovation  |  St. Petersburg Beach, FL  |  13,500 SQ FT  |  Completed in 2021

The Saint Hotel is a 1950s landmark that has undergone a redesign process incorporating retro elements to evoke the nostalgia of its glory days. The objective was to create a modern yet vintage aesthetic, that combines the laid-back feel of the nearby beach with the beguiling artistic nature of the adjacent city. EMPAD conceptualized and executed a design that conveyed a playful beach vibe while also paying homage to the culture of the area and its past. The exterior incorporates large-format murals that capture the boutique feel and essence of the era in which the hotel was established.  

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.

Galen College of Nursing

Galen College of Nursing

Interior Renovation  |  St. Petersburg, FL  |  57,000 SQ FT  |  Completed in 2018

Galen College of Nursing is one of the largest educators of nurses in the country. In response to the requirements of the community, this tenant improvement demanded a forward – thinking design to cater to the distinctive needs of both students and staff. EMPAD undertook the task of envisioning a space that harmonizes utility and design. The result is an intricately planned layout that encompasses a spectrum of essential features including offices, reception area, break rooms, versatile conference rooms and dynamic study areas. Every element has been tailored to foster an environment conducive to the pursuit of education and the provision of healthcare services. This project stands as a testament to our commitment to creating educational facilities that inspire growth and collaboration.