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The Connecticut ne cu necticut Build Build ild d Awards wards wards d 2008 Winner: Small Renovation Project New Haven Country Club Renovation Project Petra Construction Corp. North Haven, Conn. Founded in 1898, the New Haven Country Club in Hamden is one of only 20 golf clubs in the state that can trace its roots back to the 19th century. The clubhouse on the property is stone, built in a style similar to clubhouse buildings in England and Scotland in the late 1800s. New Haven Country Club wanted to renovate and expand the 100-year old clubhouse to bring it up to the standards of the 21st century. Petra Construction Corporation was awarded the assignment. The 45,000-square-foot, $3.5 million renovation project was run on a tight schedule to minimize interference with the club members’ use of the facilities. Petra self-performed approximately 40 percent of the work, with the balance completed by subcontractors. The scope of work included the renovation of several interior spaces of the clubhouse, expansion of the locker room, upgrading of mechanical and electrical systems, replacement of floor and wall finishes throughout the entire building, installation of new decorative lighting, replacement of doors, windows and rain gutters, and repair of several roof areas. Petra also made improvements to site drainage. The rooms included in the project were the main dining room, entrance foyer, lounge, bar, lounge porch, main lobby, gazebo porch, President’s grille and main grille, card room, pre-function spaces, men’s and women’s locker rooms, staff offices, and a new business office. Petra completed the project in three phases. On-site renovation, which began in January 2006, halted from June 2006 through December 2006 to accommodate Country Club Renovation Embraces Building History By Mary Lou Jay members’ use of the clubhouse. While that portion of the project was on hiatus, Petra’s millshop continued to work on the fabrication of the extensive millwork required for the job, which included molding, doors and windows. Work at the site resumed in January 2007 and the project was completed that April. Creative solutions help maintain historical integrity Renovating a building of this age posed daily challenges, especially since it had not been updated for many years. Building code compliance and life/safety issues were significant ongoing challenges during the renovation. Early coordination with building officials and the fire marshal helped minimize the costs of upgrades for the owner. The first problem that Petra faced was the lack of any drawings of the existing clubhouse. “Early in the project we were surprised to discover a steel support column when we opened the walls to expand the bar in the dining room. This open area was really a critical part of the design,” said Glenn Stevens, Petra project manager. “After analyzing our options, the best solution was to fabricate and install a new overhead steel carrying beam to span the new opening.” Although not anticipated in the original budget or the schedule, this option retained the original design integrity. Petra’s custom millshop helped solve several construction problems. Its craftsmen spent many hours custom fitting doors and molding to accommodate the sloping wood floors found in several areas of the building. They fabricated and installed new wooden lockers in the locker room, complete with crackled finish and treated hardware, to identically match the existing lockers. Petra also found cost-effective solutions for enhancing the overall appearance of the project. The initial plans called for Petra to refinish the original cabinetry that was found in several areas of the clubhouse. But the doors and cabinet fronts were mismatched from years of hard use and previous repairs, and the project team was concerned that they would never match or complement the new Arts and Crafts design. Petra came up with a costeffective proposal to give these cabinets a facelift, fabricating and installing new doors, fronts and hardware. Their craftsmen made decorative trim to conceal new 24 / CONNstruction / Summer 2008 CONN CO Nstruction

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CONNstruction - Summer 2008
Going Forward
AGC/CT: Why Belong? Reasons Vary
Is the Glass Regulated Fill or Flowable Fill?
A Winning Strategy
Member Participation Vital to Success of Legislative Efforts
Just Cause...
Winner: Large New Construction Project
Winner: Large Renovation Project
Winner: Small Renovation Project
Winner: First-Time Applicant Award
Second Place Winners
Workshop Provides Education on Pervious Concrete as a Stormwater Solution
Guidelines for Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans Available
2008 Build CT Awards
UCAC at the NUCA Conference
Keep CT Moving Transportation Summit
UCAC’s Spring General Membership Meeting
WorkZone Safety Press Conference
Index to Advertisers

CONNstruction - Summer 2008