Weiler Engineering Corporation (WEC) inspected and assessed the existing restroom facility, and due to the poor condition and non-compliance with current building codes, provided the structural design (as well as civil design) for a new elevated restroom at the Cayo Costa State Park Campground. This facility services 300+ visitors a day and is the primary restroom for all visitors to the island and primitive campground.
The design was complicated by the fact that the project is on a barrier island seaward of the Coastal Construction Control Line (CCCL), and in a V-Zone, requiring special consideration in design and permitting of the elevated structure, ADA accessibility, the septic drainfield system, and the water service to the building.
WEC coordinated extensively with the Lee County Building Department, Department of Health, and the FDEP CCCL Program to address all design requirements and obtain permits and approvals on behalf of the Park. In addition, a phasing plan was required to allow for the new facility to be safely constructed while the existing one continues to remain in operation. The project was unique in that there is no electrical power to the facility, requiring the incorporation of solar water heaters and skylights into the design, as well as other safe access and use considerations. Another unique aspect of the design is the consideration for materials given all construction equipment and demolition debris must be safely transported to/ from the island. WEC completed the design and permitting in 2017, with construction scheduled to be completed in 2018.