America’s Ice House is based on an innovative, modular ,”steel and sail” structure. The architecturally striking building can be transported to a suitable site by standard 18 wheeler trucks (without special permits) and erected by a non specialized crew in one weekend. It is based on two or more steel freight containers and a unique system of steel masts, sails and canopies to form a light, airy, open pavilion
Although the modular building itself is adaptable to any usage , our initial concept is a reproducible building /business structure package called “America’s Ice House”. Very simply, it is an old fashioned style ice house with a large , rectangular, full-liquor bar, and a great deal of outside seating. It has a pool table, movie-screen projection video for sports and movies, dramatic exterior lighting and very reasonable drink and beer prices.
It is designed for efficiency and economy. It is cooled by ceiling and exterior fans, augmented by the energy efficient design. Thus, the utility bills are low. It connects to residential capacity electric (200 amp single phase) and city water and sewer. It has two handicapped approved bathrooms. It is fully licensed and permitted for all jurisdictions.
It is absolutely indestructible and durable. The walls are 1/8 inch Cor-ten steel. The beams, posts and other structural members are heavy steel . It is virtually fireproof. Floods would ruin only contents. The roll-up doors are 140 mph rated. The sails, because of their construction and tension, can survive all but hurricane strength winds, and can be easily removed and stored in the event of a major hurricane.
The re-use of the steel freight containers, the highly reflective “Super-Therm”coating (developed using NASA ceramic shield technology), the lightness with which the structure sits on the land, and the open air design employs the best of “green” techniques.
One bartender can run it in all but the busiest times. Thus, labor costs are low.