Sun N’ Fun Aviation Pavilion

Lakeland, Florida

Sun N' Fun Aviation

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Sun N' Fun Aviation OUR APPROACH TO ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN Adding value to the built environment of our clients and our communities through a high level of service is our priority. We strive to innovate through our architectural design process, managing the unknowns and planning for tomorrow with you. Client-Centered Design A well-designed space begins with really understanding your needs. We like to think of ourselves as an extension of your team, designing long-term solutions with you through every step of the project. Design-Forward Process We are innovators. Through our design process, we view your problem from a variety of angles, focusing on creative solutions that meet your needs and last beyond your lifetime.

The Sun N Fun Aviation Museum Pavilion was designed to be used as a gathering area as a part of the larger International Sports Aviation Museum in Lakeland, Florida. The site is densely treed in the North and West and had an existing museum building to the East when designed. The new pavilion was designed to be the southernmost anchor to the “education corridor.” Slopping steel columns tether the large “wing” of the pavilion roof to the ground. The tapered edge both visually lightens the roof structure while reinforcing its metaphor as a wing. The angled forms reference modern aviation design while the crossing pattern of the steel columns recalls the struts of an earlier generation of flight. The wing as a concept is simple yet appropriate in its emotional impact acting as a precursor to the prestigious Howard Hughes exhibit housed within the museum itself.

Design Awards

  • 2002 — The State of Florida American Institute of Architects – Merit Award of Excellence for Architecture
  • 2001 — Tampa Bay American Institute of Architects – H. Dean Rowe Award for Design Excellence
  • 2001 — Metal Architecture Design Award

The pavilion is to be used for museum and community educational seminars to promote science in general and aviation in particular. The project’s purpose is to expand the organizations commitment to air education, air safety, and to preserve aviation heritage. Aesthetically, the pavilion has a strong visual presence that is a departure from the pre-fab metal buildings of the existing structures. The facility accommodates speaker presentations, demonstrations, concerts, lectures, covered dining and exhibit areas.

The Lunz Group has a client first approach to architecture. Projects are structured within a teamed environment that brings together all aspects of construction.
John Rodda

President, Rodda Construction Inc.