Projects / Multifamily      Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Inn By The Sea

Project Team


We were charged with replacing a set of tired 1980’s hotel suites with twelve brand-new luxury accommodations right above Crescent Beach in Maine’s Cape Elizabeth. This is a flagship resort for Olympia Properties. Inn by the Sea is the highest-performing building in its portfolio, and known for its Silver LEED-certified spa, which matches sustainability with sumptuousness and draws guests from all over the world.

The project required an incredibly efficient schedule, with construction only possible during the off-season. The Inn was set to open for a typically busy season on the first day of the coming spring. We were also working with a tight budget and needed to deliver world-class luxury and outstanding sustainability at a fast pace, without incurring construction costs that would exceed their future revenue potential.


Wright-Ryan Construction tore down the old suites on the first day of fall and got right to work, racing to beat the summer hospitality season. The new design tucks twelve suites into what appear to be three cottages that fit seamlessly into the Inn’s famed Grand Lawn with sweeping ocean views. Guests enjoy broad sunsets from their porches and catch ocean breezes as they sweep up the hill from the beach.

The plans included a mix of types of accomodations, which allow families to stay together for the many weddings hosted at the Inn. New England-style cottages harmonize with the rest of the property and feature cedar shingles, sloping roofs, and classic white trim. We designed the suites to weather well through the tough Maine cold season, which subjects buildings to extreme temperatures, ocean winds, and snow all winter long.


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  • Partners

    Wright-Ryan Construction
    Casco Bay Engineering
    Allied Engineering

Sustainability Achievements


  • Sustainable landscape
  • Native plantings
  • Renovation required minimal site disturbance
  • Resilient landscape design


  • Designed for durability
  • Designed for low maintenance
  • Designed for minimal embodied energy
  • Low global warming potential insulation


  • Fresh air ventilation system for indoor air quality
  • Visual connection to the outdoors
  • Low-VOC finishes
  • Formaldehyde-free building


  • Uses passive design strategies
  • R-3 windows
  • R-30 walls
  • R-60 roof
  • R-15 slab
  • Fresh air ventilation system with heat recovery
  • High Quality Air-tight construction: 1.0 ACH50