Opal Sands

Opal Sands

Opal Sands

Opal Sands Resort is a 17-story, 380,000-sf premier hotel located directly on the Gulf of Mexico in Clearwater Beach, Florida. The recipient of the 2016 ENR Southeast Regional Best Project Award, the Opal Sands Resort was born from the vision of the owner/developer, Ocean Properties, LTD (OPL). The owner desired a new flagship hotel to add to their portfolio of international resort hotels. The project had a few challenges to overcome, including exposure to Florida’s high hurricane wind loads, construction in multiple flood zones, and designing a concrete building on a site with loose beach sands. A wind tunnel test was of the utmost importance as it resulted in overall reduced costs as well as a more accurate design, including adjustments made around the base of the building where pedestrians would be affected. Any wall that is not a shear wall, stair, or elevator wall was designed to withstand wind forces but must fail or break-away under storm-driven wave action, so the two lower floors of the building are open parking. Pennoni provided structural design, construction administration and threshold inspections. 



Transforming communities for more than 55 years

Throughout five decades, our commitment to elevating the impact of our outcomes through personalized service has been steadfast. We have the flexibility to be innovative in our approach with the integrity to get things right.

We approach the start of every project as the beginning of a collaboration because we understand the value of partnership. As a multidisciplinary firm, Pennoni has the ability to approach engineering challenges from a wider spectrum of angles than most. From land development to energy management, our expertise runs deep and our passion for problem-solving runs even deeper.

Evolving Capabilities

Ever-expanding with growing businesses

55+ Years Experience

meets flexibility

40+ offices

40+ Offices

Local Partners, National Possibilities

1,300+ people

1,400+ People