Ravis Banquet Hall: The program for this project was simple - design a banquet hall that can hold 800+ people. The site constraints made the project challenging. The site already had an existing 14,000 SF building that the owner wanted to remodel and the building required storm water retention on all of the site. The solution to the water retention provided us with the opportunity to create a grand entry sequence for the banquet hall. We chose the lowest part of the site to build an underground storm water retention system. A structured parking deck over the storm water vault provided the foundation to build the banquet hall. The constructed foundation allowed for an elevated entry and an exterior terrace that looks over the site. The pre-function space begins inside and expands to the exterior terrace through an operable storefront system. As guests proceed from the banquet hall, they are greeted by the 30 foot clear height coffered ceilings. The banquet hall features a grand staircase that allows a wedding party to enter the space from above and end at the stage completing their grand entrance.