Gulf Star Marina

Gulf Star Marina is the world’s first “Smart Marina,” using ASAR technology provided in partnership with GCM Contracting. By removing the traditional forklift and adding a hydraulic, diesel-free, electric-powered, automated storage and retrieval system, Gulf Star Marina can deliver a vessel from rack to water faster than any other lift system in the marine industry.

The building was completed in late 2020, an indoor valet car parking service, refueling services, a ship store, open spaces, and a bait shop. Because the building was built with concrete panels, instead of metal sheeting, it can withstand 200 MPH+ wind speeds, meaning that your boat will be safe from a storm or named hurricane.

Project Scope: Construction of a 27,717-square-foot dry-stack boat storage facility.

Major Features: ASAR (automated storage and retrieval system)

Additional Features: Concrete tilt-wall construction, 200+ MPH wind resistance, safe indoor valet parking.

  • 1 June 2018

    Old Building Demolished

    After removing most of the metal and bolts from the old metal building, we pulled down the frame with a forklift. Then, we began cutting and hauling away the steel for recycling.

  • 30 August 2018

    Auger Cast Piles Installed

    We installed auger cast piles to help support the building on the area's soft and sandy soil.

  • 15 October 2018

    Continue Footer Form & Begin Footer Pour

    We began pouring our main strip footings.

  • 23 October 2018

    Continue Footer Form & Pour

    We continued forming and pouring building footers, as well as started on digging out the main ASAR crane path.

  • 6 November 2018

    Crane Pit Excavation

    We excavated the main crane pit.

  • 10 November 2018

    Crane Path Slab Forming

    We built and formed the mold for the main crane path slab.

  • 13 November 2018

    Main Crane Path Slab Poured

    We poured the main crane slab early in the morning.

  • 16 November 2018

    Main Crane Path Slab Finished, Work Starts On Upper Slabs

    Having poured the crane slab, work started on the upper slabs, where boats would be stored and the main office would be located.

  • 30 November 2018

    Gulf Star Marina Time Lapse As of 11-30-18

    Here's a time lapse video we took of the old Gulf Star Marina's demolition and the creation of the footers and center slab.

  • 4 December 2018

    First Wall Panels Poured

    Having created the forms for our tile-wall panels, we poured concrete early in the morning to create the panels.

  • 11 December 2018

    First Tilt Wall Panel Erected

    The first panel has been erected! Using our rented 300-ton crane, the first corner was raised and will continue.

  • 17 December 2018

    TIlt Wall Erection Sequence Continues

    Tilt-wall erection continued, raising outer walls as well as interior precast floors for boat storage.

  • 17 January 2019

    Eastern Slab Poured

    We poured the eastern slab, making more room for panels to be formed.

  • 29 January 2019

    Continue Panel Form & Pour

    Panel forming, pouring and raising continued at a rapid pace.

  • 2 May 2019

    Continue Interior Boat Bay Slab Finishing & Panel Form/Pour

    Worked on finishing interior boat bay precast slabs, while also continuing panel forming and raising.

  • 16 May 2019

    Continue Panel Form & Pour

    We continued to form, pour and raise panels.

  • 21 May 2019

    Continue Tilt Wall Erection Sequence

    We continued raising panels with our 300-ton crane.

  • 24 May 2019

    Walkthrough: Continue Tilt Wall Erection Sequence

    In this walkthrough, we show you up-close shots at what's like to be on the jobsite.

  • 20 June 2019

    Continue Tilt Wall Erection & Casting Bed Pour

    Here, we poured an extra temporary casting bed that housed our last 3 panels.

  • 1 July 2019

    Final Wall Panel Erected

    The final tilt-wall panel was placed, leaving only the roof exposed for ASAR crane construction.

  • 4 July 2019

    Excavate Crane Pit & Prepare Sea Wall Renovation

    We began excavating the dirt-filled crane pit, and began working on the seawall.

  • 12 July 2019

    Old Docks Demolished

    The old dock was demolished, and old pilings were removed via a barge.

  • 20 August 2019

    Continue Seawall Construction & Pouring Boat Bay Toppings

    Construction continued on the new seawall, and boat bay concrete toppings were poured.

  • 10 September 2019

    Begin Parking Lot Demolition & Building Paint

    Demolition began on the old parking lot, and the building was beginning to be painted white and gray.

  • 11 September 2019

    Continue Pouring Boat Bay Toppings & Parking Lot Demolition

    Work on the concrete boat bay toppings continued.

  • 18 September 2019

    Continue Construction On Parking Lot & Seawall

    Underground piping was updated before we worked on pouring the new parking lot. The parking lot was done in 3 separate sections to allow business to continue at Doc Ford's restaurant.

  • 1 November 2019

    Begin ASAR Crane Construction

    ASAR crane construction was started. First, the rails the crane ran on were installed, and work similarly to railroad tracks. Then, each piece was lifted separately over the walls and through the roof with a crane.

  • 21 November 2019

    Install Boat Shuttle Guide Rails & Misc. Grade Work

    Shuttle guide rails, which the boats rest on, were installed. Miscellaneous grade work was done to prepare for the last section of parking lot.

  • 4 December 2019

    ASAR Crane Up And Running

    The ASAR crane is up and running!

  • 24 February 2020

    Crane Capabilities Tested With Car

    Here, we tested the crane's capabilities with our President's Tesla. This also shows how the ASAR system can be adapted to work with cars, too.

  • 2 March 2020

    Architectual Elements, Piping & Crane Rails Continue

    Architectural elements, underground piping and crane rails continued to be installed.

  • 24 June 2020

    Fire-Supression Foam System Tested

    We tested the fire-suppression system here, which fills the building with a soap-like foam that suffocates any fires that may be present in any of the bays. Thankfully, the foam is easily washable and can be disposed of quickly with hoses.

  • 11 August 2020

    Project Complete - Gulf Star Marina: Open For Business!

    Gulf Star Marina is complete! The building is now fully equipped and able to store and retrieve boats.

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