Client: Armenian Community Center (ACC) Gymnasium
Location: Dearborn, MI
Square Footage: 16,000
Architect: Constantine George Pappas, Architect
Ronnisch Service: Construction Management
Client: Birmingham Country Club
Location: Birmingham, MI
Square Footage: 30,000
Architect: Krieger Klatt
Ronnisch Service: Construction Management
Ronnisch Construction Group was selected as the Construction Manager to add an addition and work on interior and exterior renovations of the ballroom, dining areas, clubhouse, pool, and tennis courts for Birmingham Country Club. The 30,000 square foot space is now an inviting retreat for country club members to relax and enjoy the recreational activities. The renovated space now provides an elegant dining and banquet atmosphere. Ronnisch Construction Group worked closely with General Manager and COO, Joe Basso, to renovate and modernize this space to meet the needs of country club members and guests.
Basso characterizes the changes to the new dining space as “very dramatic.” The Maguire restaurant, an 800-sq. ft. space named for long-time golf professional Ray Maguire, is anchored by an island bar that seats 22 guests and features a chandelier with nearly 2,000 crystals. Bar-height tables surround the island on three sides, bolstered by lower-height tables that look out onto the patio and practice green. An adjoining dining room with similar décor seats 24 patrons at dining-height tables.
“The extensive millwork, wood paneling, hardwood floors and NanaWall access to the outdoor patio gives this room a contemporary, adult feel, compared to the casual, now family-friendly Founders pub,” explains Basso. “It also allows free flow between the Maguire and our outdoor dining on the patio.”
With six separate dining facilities—poolside al fresco and pub dining for families, patio and Maguire dining for adults, upscale dining in the Club Room and a casual bar/dining area in the grill after golf—Birmingham Country Club has now extended its identity.
Client: Paul Glantz – Emagine Entertainment & Star Lanes
Location: Royal Oak, MI
Square Footage: 73,000
Architect: Studio Three Design
Ronnisch Service: General Contracting & Construction Management
Paul Glantz, owner of Emagine Entertainment, envisioned the development of an entertainment venue, integrated into the pedestrian-oriented Downtown of Royal Oak. Ronnisch/MICCO Joint Venture was ready to bring Paul Glantz’s unique vision to life.
With a daunting schedule, we began construction of the 73,000-square foot Emagine Theater.
In just eight months, the building that once housed a gas station, tire business, and grocery store, was redeveloped into an entertainment venue.
The first challenge we encountered was meeting the very aggressive eight-month construction schedule.
In order to complete the project on time, we were constantly communicating with our subcontractors, the owner’s, vendors, and suppliers.
The Ronnisch team kept an open dialogue with City of Royal Oak officials and inspectors. Their cooperation and commitment to the project was critical to ensure there was continuous production and no downtime.
Ronnisch/MICCO JV also ran staggered shifts, working six days a week. This meant construction on the site ran non-stop from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Our second challenge was that we were building a masonry bearing building with a near zero lot line in the winter. Since the building was being built so close to 11 Mile Road, a special bracing system was engineered to stabilize the masonry walls until the structural steel was installed. This helped to permanently stabilize the structure.
Delivering materials was difficult due to the limited amount of parking and staging space on the property. Material and delivery schedules had to be coordinated with precision and closely monitored.
An extensive coordination effort went into the installation of special systems such as: the bowling alley equipment, video/sound systems, bar with remote beer cooler, stadium/special seating and theater screens.
Considering the economic climate and stricter lending requirements, the owner needed to secure gap financing to ensure the financial feasibility of the project. Previous parcel divisions associated with a prior, unfinished project, made it necessary to define the site boundaries.
We needed to incorporate not only the intended structure, but also consider historic impacts on the original parcels, so we could qualify for the MBT Brownfield Tax Credit.
This project was a true urban development, with a two- story design, pedestrian-oriented location, and dependence on available parking structures.
In addition to breathing new life into the property, the building also achieved LEED certification with the help of a solar power system installed on the roof that feeds power to the building.
The state of the art movie theater has 10 screens, 1,680 seats, private banquet facilities, and is a first run theater. It is also a Multifaceted Entertainment facility.