WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (March 29, 2018) – South Florida’s high season is winding down but there’s still time for seasonal members of Gleneagles Country Club in Delray Beach, Fla., to enjoy their new fitness center and pool complex, thanks to The Weitz Company’s completion of the project three weeks ahead of the contract schedule.
Meanwhile, year-round members and their guests have a new place to beat the heat this summer.
Completion of the Gleneagles Healthy Lifestyle Center was celebrated with a grand opening on March 23. During the festivities, Gleneagles management thanked Weitz for a job well done.
“The Weitz Company was completely up to the task,” said Gleneagles Board President Stephen Wolk, a retired fire alarm contractor. “They did everything they could, and then some, to get this project finished on time — even though we had three tropical storms and a major hurricane (Irma). They stayed under budget, too. Weitz was conscious of every dollar and cent.”
The Healthy Lifestyle Center includes a resort-style outdoor pool and a two-story, 16,000-square-foot replacement fitness center that connects seamlessly with the existing clubhouse. Upgraded amenities include a hot tub; wading pool; cardio and strength training equipment; group exercise room; massage treatment center; physical therapy area; and a multi-purpose room to accommodate fitness and social events. The project also involved modifying the club’s existing grille room and bar to fit the new pool deck footprint.
Tying the new fitness center to the existing clubhouse, which is open for business 365 days a year, became a central challenge of the project. Adding to the challenge: a tightly constrained jobsite bordered by the clubhouse, an operating golf course, a main community road, an active loading dock and the club’s commercial laundry facility.
Weitz met the challenge with careful planning and Lean methodology. As construction proceeded, temporary walls and roofs were built to ensure safety, protect exposed areas from weather and, most importantly, shield clubhouse operations from disruption. With 36 subcontractors to coordinate, Lean Last Planner® was a valuable tool, helping to optimize efficiency in scheduling.
In the early stages of the project, meetings were held weekly with club management, the design team and Gleneagles board members, creating transparency and goodwill. The project was designed by Leo A Daly with interior design services provided by Image Design, Inc. out of Atlanta.
This is the third project Weitz has completed for Gleneagles. Weitz renovated the clubhouse in 2014 with hurricane-rated windows and doors, and a new covered dining venue overlooking the club’s signature Legends golf course. In 2015, Weitz completed construction of a new guardhouse, entry wall and signage at the northern entrance to the community.