Technicolor Grand, Salon & Day Spa |
Bonsall shafferman architects Space Planners
2045 Westgate Drive, #400, Bethlehem, PA 18017
2001 to Oct 2001
Contractor & Cost Estimator:
Boyle Construction, Inc. - P.O. Box 20021, Lehigh Valley, PA 18002
Engineer: Reimer Associates, Inc. - 3452 Oxford Circle South, Allentown, PA 18104
West Side/Hammer Electric, Inc.
- 1325 Clay Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018
Tru-Comfort, Inc. - 1309 Stefko Boulevard, Bethlehem, PA 18017
Young Plumbing & Heating
- 62 E. Garrison Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018
In an attempt to keep ahead of today’s changing economy, people are working longer and harder. Waiting for the one or two vacations a year can be a strain in itself so many folks are opting for a little immediate relaxation and heading to the nearest spa for a massage or to the salon for a makeover or pedicure. All the better if the facility offers both.
Fresh on the heals of an already successful Salon and Day Spa in west Allentown, Penn., Frank Shipman had a vision of a second facility in progressive downtown Bethlehem, Penn. This one was to be larger with additional amenities flanking the grand retreat such as a juice and health bar, a flower shop, a travel agency, an art gallery and exercise studio. This would prove to be quite an undertaking, even just finding a large enough space in the already popular retail area of Historic Bethlehem.
The challenge would be met with the acquisition of an abandoned 12,000 square feet portion of the City’s downtown parking garage, previously used as a processing center for the Pennsylvania State Unemployment Agency. Perfectly located in the center of all the action, it even included it’s own parking lot out front, although additional parking was easily handled by the huge parking deck above.
With an ambitious goal of an October opening (it already being the middle of March) preliminary space planning and design began at once. A closely-knitted team of contractors and subcontractors were assembled and given a tour of the original spa to judge overall quality levels of materials and finishes. Armed with this information and a refined preliminary floor plan and finish scheme, initial budgets were prepared. Demolition began in early June. Saw-cutting the concrete floor for the vast amount of plumbing began at once, and carried on for almost six weeks. It was decided to take advantage of the fifteen feet of height to the concrete deck above and opt for an exposed ceiling painted a refreshing “periwinkle blue”.
The floor, however, brought a bigger challenge. The first salon had been extensively tiled with an array of ceramics and limestone. This would have been cost prohibitive since there was approximately 10,000 square feet in question. The answer lay in a 1/8-inch thick skim coat of 6,000 p.s.i. concrete call ULTRA-Tex which was pigmented with several colors loosely blended to give a limestone effect. After all patching was completed, the floor was saw-cut in a 3 x 3-foot grid prior to application of the material, troweled and finished with slip-resistant epoxy coating. The result was a tough overall surface which was economical and easily cleaned.
Wall treatments consisted of many faux finishes provided by the owner which tend to give an overall richness and sophisticated effect. Of utmost importance to the total effect and therefore, the success of the facility, was the highly varied lighting requirements; high level in the salon but with no shadows; more subdued in the manicure and pedicure areas; and dimmable lighting in the spa treatment areas, with an instantly brighter level for cleaning. The owner also insisted on no fluorescent lighting whatsoever! The vast majority is low voltage with MR-16 light sources. Of special interest, was the computer-driven full spectrum digital lighting produced by Color-Kinetics of Boston, Mass. A built-in microprocessor mixes up to 16 million colors and controls lighting effects which can be varied by speed, brightness and saturation. They can be left burning 365/24/7 and will last for up to 11 years! Obviously, the perfect solution for a facility called “Technicolor”! They are used to illuminate the commissioned stainless steel sculpture at the entrance, the highly frosted ribbon windows in the Spa hallway which are visible to the exterior and for the 8-foot water wall behind the reception area.
Local artisans produced many of the highly original features such as the wavy perforated stainless steel canopies, the signage and the stainless steel handrail at the entrance. It is these important features which contributed to approximately an additional 11% increase over the original budget estimates.
DIV 08: Wood Doors: Graham; Hardware: McKinney, Norton, Precision, Rockwood; Hollow Metal Doors: Curries.
DIV 09: Paint: Sherwin Williams.