Panels on new pavilion meant to represent ripples of sand


The two-story building displays the museum's glass collection.

The two-story Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion includes plenty of open space for The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota to display its collection of American and European studio glass. It also provides an entrance, gathering area and dance rehearsal space for the Historic Asolo Theater next door.The lead gifts for the project came from Nancy and Philip Kotler and Warren and Margot Coville. Philip Kotler is a marketing professor and author who has written over 50 books, including “Marketing Management,” a text used in business school classes nationwide.

A portion of the exterior of the building is covered in curved aluminum panels. David Otterness, Willis A. Smith Construction vice president and project manager, says the panels are meant to represent ripples of sand seen through the water at the beach. That visual ties in with the use of the building, he says, since sand is a major part of glass production.

“From an architectural standpoint,” Otterness says, “it really stands out and gives a nice contrast to the museum.”

Project: Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion

• Builder: Willis A. Smith Construction Inc., Lakewood Ranch

• Architects: Architects Lewis + Whitlock, architect of record; Sweet Sparkman Architects, local architect

• Location: Sarasota

• Start Date: July 2016

• Completion: July 2017, opened January 2018

• Value: About $3.1 million

• Size: Two stories, 5,600 square feet

• Challenge: “The biggest challenge on the project was where we constructed it was at the main entrance to the Ringling Museum so visitor protection was key,” says David Otterness, Willis A. Smith Construction vice president and project manager.

The team built a temporary structure over the main entrance walkway and added solid protection on all three sides to separate visitors from the construction site. Because of the proximity of a historic theater at the complex, they also had to coordinate work with rehearsal and performance times.