Dorset Field Club

Expansion of Dorset Field Club Facilities

Client: Dorset Field Club
Location: Dorset, Vermont
Delivery Method: Design-Build
Date Completed: June 2001
Project Cost: $1.7 Million
Architect: Robert Escher AIA

As what used to be the oldest 9-hole golf club in the country, the changing membership and expansion of the Dorset Field Club to an 18-hole course required the club’s facilities to grow with it. An obsolete kitchen facility needed to be expanded and updated to meet life safety issues. The locker rooms required expansion to accommodate the growth in membership. An administrative office working from an attic was also expanded and made accessible to the club’s members. Finally, a centralized area was created for the storage and maintenance of the club’s fleet of electric golf carts. All this had to be done while maintaining the traditional appearance and attitude of the Dorset Field Club. The project was accomplished by a design build contract and by using a team approach.

When first contacted by the Dorset Field Club, the utmost concern confronting the membership was how to modernize and expand their club to meet a changing membership while retaining the traditions of the oldest 9-hole club in America. Woodruff Hall, the original clubhouse, still stood on dirt and had windowsills rotting away. Attached to the hall were a series of expansions that had been cobbled together over the years. A small pro shop was in complete disrepair and difficult to maintain. The golf cart storage was far from the pro shop and first tee, making constant cart charging and transportation operations difficult to maintain after the course’s expansion to 18-holes the previous year. The challenge of this project was to expand the club’s operation, while consolidating it to a limited area, fitting it between tennis courts, tees, practice greens, and parking lots while maintaining the traditional feel embodying the club. Additionally, the timeframe for project completion was a mere seven months. Russell Construction Services met these challenges by was of a Design-Build contract with the club. A local Dorset architect was employed, who ensured the tradition of local architecture was maintained and provided cost feasibility and a probability study on how to salvage the historic Woodruff Hall. In the end, we were able to combine operations and cart storage in a central location; raise, move, and rehabilitate Woodruff Hall, and expand the administrative offices, pro shop, and locker rooms, while keeping the club’s traditional appearance on the limited site available. Additionally, this was all accomplished over one of the harshest Vermont winters seen in years.

Whites Pool

Updating of Whites Pool in Rutland, VT

Client: City of Rutland
Location: Rutland, Vermont
Completion Date: Spring, 2018

The City of Rutland, Whites Pool project consisted of a brand new competition and family pool with renovated bath and pump house.  The competition pool is approximately 75′ x 40′ with 5 lanes and a deep end diving board.  The family pool is a zero entrance with state of the art spray apparatuses and water slide.  The existing pool was drained and removed completely.  The pool infrastructure, plumbing/mechanical system is completely new including filtration and heater.  The bath house was completely gutted and renovated with new bathrooms and showers.  This project lasted about 11 months and was open in time for the summer season.

Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society

The CVUUs Meeting House is a newly renovated 5,000 sf space in the existing congregation.  We were hired as the Construction Manager to work with the design consultants and the Owner to help develop the documents and cost.  The meeting House included a fully operational kitchen with commercial exhaust hood and Ansul system, large meeting and gathering space, library, state of the art 2 stop elevator, bathrooms, storage and very elaborate stair tower to the first level, including modern glass railings.  The floor was designed with very stringent acoustical requirements, energy efficient window were installed for natural light, along with a new prefabricated exterior canopy and miscellaneous site improvements.  This project took about 5 months to complete.  The CVUUs Congregation loves the new meeting house and enjoys utilizing all the benefits of their new space!

Bennington College Student Dining Center

Bennington College Student Dining Center Center, Bennington, Vermont

Client: Bennington College
Location: Bennington, VT
Project:  Addition, Student Dining Center

The Student Dining Center at Bennington College is a 5,000 SF addition to the existing Campus Student Center.  This was added dining space for the cafeteria and food program.  The building is a pre-engineered metal building including Architectural style 3″ insulated metal wall panels, 6″ thick insulated metal standing seam roof panels, Kalwall windows, extruded aluminum full glass overhead doors, hanging tectum acoustical baffles, elaborate lighting, controls and HVAC air distribution system including duct sox.

The construction took approximately 2 1/2 months to complete, as the College needed the additional dining space before the students arrived.

Bennington College Student Health Center

Complete Renovation Bennington College Student Health Center, Bennington, Vermont

Client: Bennington College
Location: Bennington, VT
Project:  Renovation, Student Health Center

The Student Health Center at Bennington College is a 5,000 SF complete renovation and addition to a historical building on campus.  This building was developed in order to expand the health services department.  The original building was all but torn down.  The floor structure and 2nd story section was all that remained.  The building envelope was designed and built to exceed the Vermont Energy Code requirements.

GMP Energy Innovation Center

Green Mountain Power to build State's first Energy Innovation Center.

Client:   Green Mountain Power
Location: Rutland, VT
Project:   Renovation of Rutland landmark into Energy Innovation Center
Architect:  NBF Architects

Green Mountain Power purchased the historic Eastman Building in
downtown Rutland to become the home of their Energy Innovation Center which will serve as an educational and exhibition center for alternative energy sources.

The project consisted of completely rebuilding a small portion of the
building, and gutting and renovating the remaining portion for office and exhibition space while preserving and maintaining the historic elements of the building, including the original tin ceilings and the art/deco façade.

We received LEED GOLD CERTIFICATION for this project.

The Victorian Inn at Wallingford

The Victorian Inn at Wallingford adds a new function room to their restaurant

Client:   Soo and Stanti Schonbachler
Location: Wallingford, Vermont
Project:  Addition of a new function room to historical Victorian structure
Architect:  NBF Architects

When the owners of the Victorian Inn decided to add an addition to
their fine dining restaurant and renovate the kitchen, they turned to Russell
Construction Services to help them realize their vision.
The challenge consisted of making the addition blend seamlessly
with the existing historical Victorian structure, and to minimize any
impacts from construction activities on the ongoing restaurant
operations. Our company completely fulfilled all of the owner’s
expectations with regards to schedule, budget and quality.  The restaurant remained open during construction of the new function room.

The Vermont Country Store

Renovations, Additions and Connectors at the Vermont Country Store

Client:  The Vermont Country Store
Location: Rockingham, Vermont and Weston, Vermont

The Vermont Country Store hired Russell based on our ability to meet aggressive schedules and our craftsmen’s reputation for superior workmanship. The project consists of connecting the existing retail store to the adjacent sale barn with a new timber frame addition, as well as completely renovating the existing barn to allow for its year round use.  As part of the renovations, Russell re-sided the barn, put in new flooring,
added bathrooms and a new customer entry porch and rear receiving entry.

At their Weston Store we added a connector for their wine and cheese store to incorporate this area into the main store’s floor plan. We also built a new addition to the Bryant House Restaurant for their new commercial kitchen and an exterior snack shack.

Paramount Theater Restoration

Paramount Theater Historic Renovation

Client:   The Paramount Theater
Location:   Rutland, VT
Delivery Method:  Lump Sum
Year Completed:   November, 2000
Value: $3,200,000
Architect:  NBF Architects

The Paramount Theater was in essence two separate projects. The
project consisted of an interior restoration of the historic turn of the
century 650-seat theater, and the demolition and rebuilding of a full fly
63-foot stage house.

The interior was restored to its original splendor. A new plaster
ceiling was installed including documented original stenciling.
Twenty-eight rubber molds were made to allow recasting of the
original plaster ornamentation. The manufacturer replicated the
original fabric wall covering, and extensive gold leafing was done
through out the theater.

Bennington College

Bennington College: Renovations to Historic Campus Buildings

Client:   Bennington College
Location:   Bennington, VT
Project:   Renovation

Our firm’s relationship with Bennington College and Centerline Architects began in 2007 when we built the BioMass Boiler project. Since then, we have serviced the College every year working on over 50 projects ranging from single room renovations with a value of less than $2000 to total building retrofits with
values of +/- $2 million. A renovation to the Commons Building in 2013 and the VAPA building in 2010 are among the projects.  We performed most of these projects as Construction Managers.

Our firm has been and remains committed to provide Bennington College with exemplary service, excellent craftsmanship and quality.  We are looking forward to continue building successful projects on campus, completed safely, on budget and in accordance with the College’s time and phasing needs.

Renovating the Bennington College commons building entailed the complete gutting and renovation of the student dining hall, kitchen, and outdoor patio/balcony dining area.  Included in the scope were building electrical and mechanical upgrades, replacement windows and new finishes throughout. A new student cooking area (complete with a high tech energy efficient hood) was added as well, which allows students to grill and fry their own dinners.

The VAPA Building Ventilation project was a mechanical retrofit project, which
requiered the demolition and removal of the existing main building and task
ventilation to allow for the installation of a new DDC controlled system.
The project also included the construction of a new 1600 sf Mezzanine in a high
section of the building, which will serve as new classroom space, both above
and below. The Mezzanine was made out of structural laminated wood beams
and tongue and groove decking, and the walls were constructed of 1/4”
tempered glass set in large laminated wood frames, all built to size on site.