GGLO, Abbott Construction renovate Semiahmoo Resort

Semiahmoo Resort, Golf & Spa, a seaside resort located on the Semiahmoo Spit in Blaine, Wash., received the 2014 INaward for best interior design (hospitality category) from the Northern Pacific Chapter of the International Interior Design Association for the renovation of Packers Oyster Bar and the new Pierside Kitchen. Seventy-six projects were submitted by interior designers, architects and industrial designers from Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Idaho.

GGLO fashioned Pierside Kitchen and Packers Oyster Bar’s architecture and interior design with a nod to the area’s origins as an Alaska Packers Association cannery, which is still visible today. The aesthetics, quality and detailing were purposefully built. The bar concept drew inspiration from the historic cannery, while the restaurant references a “coastal cottage” character. The design creates a layer of modern ambiance that respects the history and existing form.

GGLO was supported by Abbott Construction in creating the two spaces.


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The waterfront bar and restaurant has views, with the interior design working as a backdrop to the 360 degree outlook of the Salish Sea. The renovation of the bar and restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor gathering and dining spaces.

Semiahmoo Resort is currently undergoing a renovation that will exceed $9 million in order to restore its 212 guestrooms, spa, fitness center, public areas and 35,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The exterior has already been painted yellow and the entry way now has a grand porte-cochere with a driveway made of locally-collected shells to enhance the seaside atmosphere. Rooms have also been refurnished, top to bottom, complete with new furniture, carpet and wallpaper.

Mindful of the seascape, a decision was made to source an eco-friendly carpet for the lobby and general areas. Net Effect carpet was selected because it supports the environment and small fishing villages in the Philippines by repurposing discarded fishing nets collected by locals along the double barrier reef. These nets are then fabricated into environmentally friendly carpet tiles. When placed side by side, Net Effect tiles represent the fluidity of sea water capturing the essence of Semiahmoo’s sense of place.