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Located in the historic and fashionable Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, Dinner Key Marina is Florida’s largest wet-slip marina with spaces for 582 boats. As host to more than 14 different sailing regattas each year that bring in countless sailing racers, crew, coaches, and families from around the world, the marina is an epicenter of activity. To stay in step with ever growing demand, the area recently underwent a massive renovation, including the addition of the newly constructed, 9,700 square-foot Dockmaster Facility.

The Dockmaster Facility is a multifunctional service center for the marina that answers the modern sensibilities of the bustling area it calls home yet remains in keeping with the rich, storied style for which Coconut Grove has been known since its original glamor days in the 1930s and 40s. The space is abundantly functional, housing offices, showers, and lockers, but it’s also become a crown jewel within the marina and the Coconut Grove neighborhood, as well. The meticulously designed building is LEED Gold Certified and beautifully demonstrates and educates visitors on practical, sustainable design tailored to the South Florida environment.

Because everything in the Dockmaster facility would need to support the quest for LEED certification and be designed for potential moisture exposure, slip resistance, and heavy public use, the design team paid close attention to its selection of surfacing materials. They opted to specify two hues of Crossville’s CrossColors collection, a Green Squared certified line containing 4% pre-consumer recycled content. The designers incorporated both CrossTread and CrossSlate finishes for the tiles that are also enhanced with the innovative Cross-Sheen® by Crossville, a finish that protects tile surfaces from scuffs, stains, and graffiti. CrossTread tiles come in the 8” x 8” size format and are distinctly textured with a cross-hatch pattern. CrossSlate, available in 6” × 6”, 8” × 8”, and 12” × 12”, mimics the texture of stone. These tile specifications ensure easy maintenance and cleaning for the long term.

In keeping with anautical theme, the design team included porthole-shaped windows throughout the Dockmaster facility. These signature windows are ringed with Crossville’s 1” x1” Glass Blox mosaics tile. As only glass can, the gleaming jewel-tones bring eye-catching light and life to these architectural details

The Dockmaster facility at Dinner Key Marina was designed by MC Harry & Associates, a Miami based architectural and engineering firm with a long history of providing award winning planning and design services to a variety of government agencies and public institutions. The tile was provided by D&B Tile Distributors, the exclusive distributor for Crossville Tile in South Florida.