The Beach Club is an eighty-acre, multi-use, beach-front resort in Gulf Shores, Alabama built with single-family lots, a village center, six multi-unit condominium towers, a restaurant/swim/ tennis center, and commercial areas. Volkert provided key survey, planning, design, and inspection services to help realize the development.
Additionally, Volkert provided environmental surveys, a Natural Hazards Study, planning and landscape architecture, and planting, pavilion, and beach walkover design. One of the firm’s important contributions focused on a big challenge from a small creature: the Alabama Beach Mouse, a protected species.
Volkert contributed conceptual design, permitting, survey, and design for the walkovers at the coastal construction line in order to keep the development from encroaching upon the dunes that are critical habitats for the Alabama Beach Mouse and a coastal resource with Alabama Department of Environmental Management special protection status. Walkovers were designed to minimize impacts to Beach Mouse habitat and other environmentally sensitive areas by directing foot traffic along a designated path. Volkert’s environmental scientists conducted daily inspections of Beach Mouse activity in and near the critical habitat during construction of the bulkhead and boardwalks. In addition, Volkert provided construction engineering and inspection services.
Construction phases began in 1995 and concluded in 2001.
Scope of Work: Survey, Environmental Assessments, Natural Hazards Study, Landscape Design, Permit Documentation, Agency Coordination, Habitat Protection, Protected Species Monitoring