Okemo Valley Golf Club

New Construction of Clubhouse at Okemo Valley Golf Club

Client: Okemo Mountain Resort
Location: Ludlow, Vermont
Contract Type: Construction Management
Cost: $2.2 Million
Completion Date: July, 1999

Classic New England architecture defines the clubhouse at Okemo Valley Golf Club. The clubhouse is connected to a Shaker style barn, which houses the club’s golf academy, pro shop, and cart storage.

The main floor of the clubhouse features a 100 seat restaurant as well as an intimate 30 seat lounge with a fireplace. The second story offers additional dining and lounge space for Okemo’s Gold Club Members. The interior is anointed with wainscoting, custom bars, entertainment center, stone fireplaces, and a balcony offering an overlooking view of the course’s finishing hole. The locker rooms reside in the basement, which feature cherry wood lockers and trim. The kitchen is also located in the basement.

The Golf Academy, inside the Shaker barn, offers an indoor golf range, putting greens, the pro shop, and another second level observation deck. The operations and golf cart storage area are located in the lower levels of the barn.

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.

Mount Equinox Visitor’s Center

A new Visitor's Center atop Mount Equinox in Manchester, Vermont

Client:  Mount Equinox Foundation
Location: Manchester, Vermont
Project:   Visitor’s Center and Chapel of the Carthusian Foundation
Architect:  NBF Architects

Atop Mount Equinox in Manchester, VT is the St. Bruno Scenic Viewing Center of the Carthusian Foundation. The center will provide a place for the tourists who take the trip up the famous Skyline Drive to relax and enjoy the scenery. Russell Construction Services was hired as Construction Manager and we worked closely with the Owner and NBF Architects on developing a budget, permitting, and value engineering,. . The former Skyline hotel had to be demolished, but was labeled as historic. Even though the hotel was in shambles and not repairable without substantial funds from the Owner, it was a very long drawn out process to get the approval from the Historical Society to demolish the building. The building housed the WEQX transmitter station in the existing basement. This needed to stay operational during demolition of the Skyline hotel and new construction of the Visitors Center. With much design, coordination and hard work we successfully protected and secured WEQX and it remained completely safe and operational during demolition and Construction.

Jackson Gore at Okemo Mountain

Jackson Gore at Okemo Mountain is a Luxury Condominium Hotel

Client:  Okemo Ski Area
Location: Ludlow, VT
Project:  250,000 sf Full Service Condominium Hotel

Russell Construction Services provided pre-construction and construction management services for this new 250,000 square foot full-service condominium hotel that includes 117 residential units, a 390-seat cafeteria, 280-seat lounge, and 210-seat restaurant. A fullservice state-of-the art kitchen serves both the restaurant and the cafeteria, and an adjoining day lodge accommodates skiers.
The lobby, lounge and restaurant have a stone and heavy timber motif with railed balconies and coffered ceilings. The exterior clapboard and stone facade features balconies and roof lines giving this a majestic presence.

A conference center and child care/learning center are also located within the complex. The retail shops include a ski rental and repair shop, ticket sales and group sales area. The development also includes a fitness center with an indoor/outdoor pool, sauna, steam room and locker rooms, and a 113-car underground parking facility.

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.