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Pete Spittler Talks About One of His Development Projects

In Professionals on January 15, 2013 at 10:15 am
Pete Spittler

Pete Spittler

We sat down to talk about to Pete Spittler about one of Cleveland’s most exciting entertainment hotspots, Pickwick Frolic Restaurant and Club. Pete Spittler was one of the lead designers on this project and he shared his insight on what made it happen with us.

Presentation Solutions: What is the inspiration of Pickwick & Frolic Restaurant and Club?

Pete Spittler:It’s a restaurant and entertainment venue that is inspired by Charles Dickens The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club and the passions of Nick Kostas, the owner.

Presentation Solutions: What types of food are served there?

Pete Spittler:The restaurant serves 100% made from scratch authentic American cuisine. There’s also appetizers and finger foods available in the martini bar.

Presentation Solutions: Where is it located?

Pete Spittler:It was constructed on East 4th Street and the site of the original Euclid Avenue Opera House, which was torn down in 1921.

Presentation Solutions: How big is the building?

Pete Spittler:It’s two floors and encompasses 27,000 square feet. It cost nearly $5 million to build and is big enough to hold 900 people at once.

Presentation Solutions: How long did it take to build something that large?

Pete Spittler:The development and blueprints for the building took four and a half years, while the actual construction took place over a period of 20 months.

Presentation Solutions: What are some highlights of the building?

Pete Spittler: What I’m most proud of is the custom 23-foot marquee that protrudes out over East 4th Street. It’s lit-up by purple and blue neon lights, and was created with more than 400 feet of neon glass. It took more than 650 man hours to create this piece.

Presentation Solutions: Can you describe some of the other architectural highlights?

Pete Spittler:The handrails throughout the building were custom designed and built from scratch over an eight-month period. They are beautiful!

Presentation Solutions: Tell us about the lobby of the building.

Pete Spittler:The lobby is another centerpiece. It was created to resemble a lobby of an old theatre, complete with hand painted wood doors and a grand chandelier.

Presentation Solutions: What are some highlights of the Pickwick restaurant?

Pete Spittler:The bar seats 30 people and has a gorgeous dark brown marble and grain mahogany finish. It’s a real stunner. In addition, all of the booths were custom built.

Presentation Solutions: Any details you’d like to share about the Martini Bar?

Pete Spittler: Yes, for the Martini Bar, we used a red faux wall to set the mood and decorated it with all white Italian furniture. All of the furniture is replicas of 60s style furniture that is preserved at the Smithsonian. I fondly refer to it as the James Bond 007 bar.

Pete Spittler has been involved in many professional pursuits throughout his life, including architecture, real estate, and development planning. Pete Spittler is a graduate of the architecture program at Kent State University in Ohio and has worked on projects with The Austin Company, an international engineering and construction company. Pete Spittler has won many awards for his design work, and he’s recognized for his expertise in the industry.

An Interview with Peter F. Spittler on Sustainability

In Real Estate on December 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm
Peter F. Spittler

Peter F. Spittler

Today, Presentation Solutions was privileged to have a conversation with architect Peter F. Spittler, regarding sustainability and green-building initiatives in building design. Peter F. Spittler has been key to many green-building projects both in the United States and abroad. Here is a brief excerpt from the interview.

Presentation Solutions: Thanks for taking a little time with us today!

Peter F. Spittler: Absolutely, glad I could join you.

Presentation Solutions: Explain to us a little about what sustainability means…

Peter F. Spittler: Well, that’s a pretty broad subject. First, sustainability looks at the big picture. It’s more than just architects involved–we generally pull together a team of people like planners, architects, engineers, ecologists, financial experts. The industry calls this the “Triple Bottom Line” and that’s a term corporate America understands.

Presentation Solutions: Does it take into account existing neighborhoods?

Peter F. Spittler: Oh, no question. Nobody likes seeing a big-box store or office park move in and stick out like a sore thumb. Sustainability incorporates a respect for what’s already there from a contextual perspective and sensitive planning and design approach. Sustainability balances the ecology, economy and cultural aspects of a project.

Presentation Solutions: What is driving the move toward sustainability?

Peter F. Spittler: A lot of city planners are taking a hard look at the space that’s available within urban boundaries. Smart land use like walkable neighborhoods, bike trails, mixed retail/residential and moving away from sprawling subdivisions or office parks.

Presentation Solutions: I understand that sustainability makes sense financially…

Peter F. Spittler: Yes, investors and builders have to look beyond the construction costs at the front end and think about the savings that can be realized with energy efficiency and good design.

Presentation Solutions: That’s where LEED comes in, right?
Peter F. Spittler: Yes, LEED is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It’s a market-driven movement that supplies benchmarks for sustainable building methods and certifications for good designs.

Presentation Solutions: You’ve been involved with several LEED focused projects…

Peter F. Spittler: Yes, Yankeetown in Florida, Flats East Bank in Cleveland, the Chronicle-Telegram building in Elyria, Ohio…those were all LEED focused projects.

Presentation Solutions: Tell us about the Free Lance-Star building in Fredericksburg, VA.

Peter F. Spittler: The Free Lance-Star building was laid out as an LEED-compliant newspaper plant, with room to grow into the future and add more buildings or elements that would be in keeping with the original design. The focus was on design solutions that minimize energy consumption through intelligent design and engineering of materials and building systems.

Presentation Solutions: That’s some very forward-thinking stuff. Peter F. Spittler, thanks for talking to us today!

Peter F. Spittler: My pleasure.

Peter F. Spittler is an accredited member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Council of Architectural Boards. Peter F. Spittler graduated from the architectural program at Kent State University.