Moss & Associates, a national privately held construction firm headquartered in Florida, was presented with the best project award in the residential/hospitality category by Engineering News-Record Southeast on Nov. 15 for its construction of Opal Sands Resort on Clearwater Beach. Moss & Associates completed the complex beachfront project in February 2016 after 27 months of construction.
John Bowden, vice president of Moss & Associates, accepted the award on behalf of the Moss team at the 16th annual award ceremony, which was held at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate. Two independent judging panels chose Moss as the recipient of this award. In all, 90 projects throughout Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Puerto Rico competed in 14 categories. Moss’ outstanding safety practices, ability to easily overcome obstacles and superb construction quality stood out from the rest of the applicants. This honor qualifies Moss & Associates for ENR’s national Project of the Year Award.
“Opal Sands is one-of-a-kind, both in terms of the location and design, making it one of the most interesting projects in Moss’ portfolio,” said Bowden. “We are honored that this project has been selected for ENR’s prestigious recognition. We are very proud of our work and that we have been able to contribute something very special to Clearwater Beach.”
Opal Sands Resort is a 15-story, 460,000-square-foot hotel with 230 rooms, 39 of which are suites, located on the last available beachfront site of the City of Clearwater Beach’s development area.
Opal Sands is home to a cutting-edge, contemporary resort design that greets each guest, beginning at the arrival canopy and continuing through each of the resort’s venues and guestrooms. The unique, curved shape of the building takes advantage of the site and provides unrestricted guestroom and balcony views of the Gulf of Mexico. Each guest room opens from a single loaded corridor and widens towards floor-to- ceiling glass windows and doors offering panoramic blue vistas of the Gulf and its awe-inspiring sunsets. Each guestroom has its own terrace balcony with glass railings and contemporary interior finishes.
About Moss & Associates
Moss & Associates (www.mosscm.com) is a national privately held construction firm headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. With nine regional offices in five states from Hawai’i to USVI, Moss focuses on construction management at-risk, design-build, EPC, and public-private partnerships. The company’s diverse portfolio encompasses a wide range of sectors, including luxury high-rise residential, landmark mixed-use developments, hospitality, primary and higher education, justice and solar energy. Moss prides itself on a strong entrepreneurial culture that honors safety, quality, client engagement, and employee development. Its employees consistently rank Moss as one of the best places to work for career satisfaction.