Outlook Banquet Facility

Location: South Berwick, ME
Owner:  Flynn Family

Outlook Banquet Facility

To support an overwhelmingly busy schedule of events including weddings, reunions, corporate retreats, seminars, holiday parties, fine dining experiences and popular weekend brunches, The Links at Outlook Golf Course enlisted Lassel Architects to design The Red Barn banquet facility. The Red Barn is a stunning, unique event space that specializes in wedding receptions and ceremonies year-round. The beautiful interior offers a rustic feel with modern amenities such as air conditioning, working fireplaces, a covered veranda and handicapped accessible bathrooms. An exterior patio provides spectacular views of an 18-hole championship links-style golf course. Lassel Architects provided programming, integrated site design and landscaping design for the renovation and new building addition.

Lassel Architects also provided upgrade design services for the Outlook Tavern’s commercial kitchen and entryway, the destination’s less formal but equally popular dining facility.

Outlook Banquet Facility Website

The list of COTE (AIA Committee on the Environment) items was created to help understand how a project meets the needs of users and how it impacts the environment.  The list focuses on best practices and high impact strategies for creating healthy places to live and work.  Here are some ways this project measures up to the COTE list:


The new facility replaces an iconic gambrel barn in the same location.


The scale of the building and materials reflect the historic site and surrounding community.  The timber frame is traditional post and beam.  The facility supports many local events and provides a gathering space for the community.


Native plants were implemented throughout the site.  The site design addressed storm water issues and mitigated the effects through landscaping.  All lighting is Dark Sky.  The kitchen and storage area evolved from a reused cow milking barn attached to the new structure.


Low flow fixtures are implemented throughout the facility.  Native plants require little to no watering.  An on-site storm water system routes all run-off to several ponds that are used for irrigation.


The exterior is comprised of low matinence, durable material.  The building is well insulated and boasts low emissivity glass walls.


The building’s orientation is based on maximizing solar gain and natural light.  The old milking barn buffers cold from the northside.


Low VOC finished are used throughout.


Recycled materials were used for roofing.  The exterior of the building is recycled content siding.


The banquet facility replaces a dilapidated milking barn.  Change in kind brings function.



Structural JSN Associates
MEP/FP Bennett Engineering
Civil Attar Engineering
Landscape Woodburn & Company


Size 10,000 square feet
Banquet Hall, Lobby, Kitchen and Partial Basement