Tonight after we close the steelworkers are coming in and will begin installing the new railings on the second floor. We’ve been using bare plywood for temporary walls in various locations for the past 16 months. It will be a huge burden lifted when they are finally gone. Not only will things start to look much more finished, but it should really open things up so the Club feels even more spacious!
During the day the focus has been on completing the remodel of the space the women’s locker room used to occupy. The framing, rough plumbing and rough electrical is all wrapping up, and by the end of the week most of the sheetrock should be installed. The addition to the men’s locker room is coming together nicely; you can already tell the new glass block window is going to let in a lot of light, and the steam room looks very spacious.
Since the weather has been cooperative we haven’t rushed to switch back to using the front door. Up until now there’s been a lot of building materials and construction debris going in and out, so we felt it was better not to add all of our foot traffic into the mix. However once the drywall is complete we’ll probably make the changeover and move our old front counter into the spot that the new front counter will eventually occupy.
It would have been nice to have the new front counter installed already, but that just presented too many problems. Things have to happen sequentially, and the desk couldn’t go in until the flooring was done, and we didn’t want to do the flooring until we were done moving heavy equipment over it, and we needed the heavy equipment to put up the railings, and the railings couldn’t go up until the framing was done, and on and on it goes.
Installing the finish flooring upstairs will take place next week. That’s going to be a little tricky when we get to the space over the men’s locker room. There may be some times of limited access to those areas, but it shouldn’t last for more than a day or two. Then we’ll turn our attention to the floors downstairs. That’s going to be a lot more challenging, as we need to do the entire main corridor that runs from the front of the Club to the back. We haven’t figured out exactly how we’re going to accomplish this yet, but it will involve breaking it down into sections and working at night. Again it will probably mean some areas will be closed off for short periods of time, and we’ll also need to be creative about where we direct traffic and how we access certain rooms. We also have to correct some drainage issues with the floor in the men’s shower area…which may block access to the pools and spa for a couple of days.
We really want to have things as close to wrapped up as possible by the end of the month. We should have all of the cardio equipment that is downstairs back upstairs, and the coffee lounge that is upstairs back downstairs. We’ll be using the front entryway, the elevator will be in operation, and the small weight room and the big new stretch/core area over the men’s locker room should be operational. The men’s locker room addition….maybe…if it’s not done it will be close.
The only major area that won’t be in service is the fourth fitness studio/basketball room. Again it’s that “sequential” problem…we can’t move the equipment that’s in there back upstairs where it belongs until the floors are done and we have the elevator back in service. But that room just needs cosmetic touch-ups (floor refinished, paint, basketball and kickboxing equipment installed), so it will just be a few weeks into the New Year when it should be ready for action.
We will then have just two relatively minor areas that won’t be complete. One is the coed spa that will be outside next to the small pool. We’re still working through some issues with the flooring and aren’t sure when it will be finished. The other is the juice bar. We’ve decided that we want to get everything else done and running smoothly before we tackle that project!