Rob Basquez of Windham Millwork located in Windham, Maine, entered the following project in the Architectural Millwork category of the 2017 Best in Wood Design contest. (For information on the 2018 contest, visit

Project description

The Beauport Hotel is a 94-room full-service hotel located on the Pavilion Beach in Gloucester, Massachusetts. The architect felt incorporates a modern American seaside summer cottage feel with clean, light and elegant ‘beauty’ interior finishes. The vision for Beauport Hotel was to recall the grand North Shore seaside hotels and summer homes of the past while providing all the amenity expected in a 21st-century event and conference facility.

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High quality and speed of construction were very important for the success of the work. A fast-paced, but thorough shop drawing process and excellent site supervision by Windham’s Ron Kuusela and Bob Dubios, and follow through by a skilled fabrication and installation team made the work proceed smoothly. The most pressing consideration was to get the job done quickly, while still maintaining a high level of quality. The hotel opening date was fixed, and this was a primary driver for the work. Humidity control in a relatively active construction environment was tricky as well. Coordination of ceiling trim installation, stair assembly and detailing, the main bar and rooftop bar presented additional challenges.


All material choices were made with the summer, nautical theme in mind. The majority of the project woodwork was painted white, with accents in clear finish, dark colored woods (stained fir, mahogany), dark-painted accents (doors). The exception to this was in the Main Bar and Restaurant, where all wood finishes- wall paneling, cabinetry, doors, ceiling trim, etc. were stained fir. All countertops were stone, either granite or marble. African Mahogany was used on the Registration desk and all the bars and the walls of the restaurant and bar. The balance of the work was primed for painted field finish to give the Nautical look.

Equipment used

Design department used CAD 3D design

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