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Residents’ Club at Bulle Rock, Havre de Grace, MD

Project Innovations 2008


Submitting Company:
Manekin Construction, Columbia, MD

Project Team: (not all-inclusive)
MTBR, owner; Gaudreau Inc., architect; Manekin Construction, contractor; MRA, civil engineer, planner, landscape architect; Marc-Michaels Interior Design Inc., designer; Faisant Associates Inc., structural engineer; Kibart Inc., MEP engineer

Project Specifics:
Building type/use: recreation center
Square footage: 37,000 square feet
Project cost: $14 million
Project completion: May 2007

Product Suppliers: (not all-inclusive)
American Standard | Armstrong | Dal-Tile Corp. | Duron Paints & Wallcoverings | Eldorado Stone | GAF Materials Corp. | Johnson Controls Inc. | Kawneer | Loewen | Owens Corning | Shaw | Sinestra Inc. | System Source | ThyssenKrupp | Trane | Yale Commercial Locks and Hardware


The Residents' Club at Bulle Rock is a social, recreational, and architectural centerpiece. It features turn-of-the-century American design with neo-Classical details and contemporary lighting. The overall theme: casual elegance and comfort, which enhances the year-round resort lifestyle. The 37,000-square-foot facility offers spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay and offers a mix of informal and formal spaces. Delivering a custom look while using off-the-shelf materials creates a space that allows for a high level of use, but also for a resort-like environment.

Special Design Elements
On the upper level, travertine stone floors and elaborate coffered ceilings with crown molding and recessed lighting are featured. A dramatic rotunda features a dome ceiling with dark, rustic beams; a detailed wood floor; and a comfortable seating area decorated in terra cotta, chocolate, and ice-blue tones. The upper level also features a solarium, which evokes the feel of a sunroom.

The lower level is dedicated to The Bulle Rock Fitness and Aquatic Center. Exercisers can watch television on the many monitors throughout the room, and can also look outdoors or view classes in session across the hall in the aerobics studio. The aerobics studio features mirrored walls, a flat-screen TV, and a suspended wood floor for reduced impact. The indoor pool area features mosaic detailing and ceramic floors.

Design/Construction Challenges
Incorporating a large indoor pool within the structure created a host of climate-control issues. The challenge was overcome by independently designing and constructing the indoor pool shell as a separate space environment. Perimeter walls were intentionally constructed using metals to eliminate mold growth. Walls were completely covered with cementitious products, and mechanical systems operated independently.






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