Near the corner of Las Olas Boulevard and Route A1A in Ft. Lauderdale a contemporary architectural shotcrete Porte Cochere has recently opened to the public. The structure is part of the Las Olas Boulevard Corridor Improvement planning program. The steel and concrete feature, approximately 80’ long by 35’ tall, is an iconic gathering point for beach and parkgoers within Las Olas Beach Park. The park project also included more extensive green space, inviting gathering places, landscape and streetscape enhancements, a tree-lined promenade, and a new parking facility.
Creating the Porte Cochere Structure at COST
The unique shape of the Porte Cochere evolved through 3D modeling phases. The models were used to custom cut (using CNC equipment) the expanded polystyrene formwork. These forms were then integrated to produce the sleek and curved shapes within the Porte Cochere. Secondary steel and a shotcrete structure coat followed the EPS forms to provide the final finish. COST artisans were responsible for delivering the smooth, almost fluid-like character. Upon completion, an anti-graffiti coating was applied to the surface providing a brilliant white coloration. The form and finish blends seamlessly with the bookend buildings and the serpentine walls that separate the beach from the boulevard. The elements together form a consistent architectural theme.
In addition to the Porte Cochere, COST was contracted to construct an interactive spray pad water feature. The system integrates programmable lights and fountains, providing a more interesting and engaging space.
Specialty scopes of work completed by COST include initial consultation, shop drawings, CNC work on EPS forms, secondary steel, structure and finish architectural shotcrete coats, topical paints, and anti-graffiti applications.
The project team included architectural firm Arquitectonica in neighboring Miami and Ft. Lauderdale-based landscape architect, EDSA.
The American Shotcrete Association honored the Las Olas Porte Cochere with the Outstanding Architecture Project Award in 2020.