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  The Reserve an Upscale Banquet Facility, Page 32The Reserve an Upscale Banquet Facility

15301 Century Drive, #204, Dearborn, MI 48120 

1007 W. Ann Arbor Trail, #100, Plymouth, MI 48170

Birmingham, Michigan
Total Square Feet: 9,440
Construction Period: Dec 2003 to Jan 2004 

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Desai/Nasr Consulting Engineers - 6765 Daly Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48322
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: E A M Engineers, Inc. - 4101 John R. Road, #200, Troy, MI 48085
CIVIL ENGINEER: LANDTECH - 29000 Inkster Road, #120, Southfield, MI 48034
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Michael J. Dul & Associates, Inc. - 212 Daines Street, Birmingham, MI 48009

The Owner of the Big Rock Chop House, an upscale restaurant in Birmingham, Michigan acquired the land adjacent to his business with plans to build a "world class" banquet facility. In 2001 the owner hired Roger Sherman Partners to design a concept for the building and approached the City of Birmingham with his plan. It took two years of site plan approval with the city to finally get the city to approve the project. During that time D.J. Maltese Consulting, LLC was brought in to develop a conceptual cost estimate for the project. Through the process D.J. Maltese was able to negotiate a construction management agreement with the owner to build the project. With final city approval and working drawing complete the project started in December of 2003.

A ground breaking ceremony took place on November 10, 2003 and the project mobilization began with the demolition of an existing building on the site and preparation for the new building. The excavation and underground utility work began.

Construction continued with completion scheduled for completion in September of 2004. However, the owner changed the scope of work and the partial basement that was in place was redesigned to about double the planned size. This change caused a delay in the project for redesign and additional approvals by the city. The project continued to evolve during the construction phase with numerous changes and added scope of work. In May of 2005 the project was substantially completed.

The project was very complex with custom materials and special electrical requirements. Meetings were held weekly with the trades, owner and construction manager to monitor the cost, schedule and changes. Decisions were made on a regular basis as the owner was available on the site daily.

The building exterior is structural steel, masonry with stone and brick veneer, copper roof and trim, aluminum clad wood windows, custom made mahogany entry doors, a very custom build canopy at the entry with a valet booth to match the building. The building interior includes custom made ceiling domes and large crown moldings, mahogany wood paneling with tile accents, custom made carpeting and draperies. Low voltage lighting, LED lighting, power operated drapes, state-of-the-art audio-video systems, two large plasma screen TV's, marble and stone counters and flooring, and a camera surveillance security system. Building features included a partial slab on grade and partial basement. This was done due to the maximum allowable floor area available due to parking restraints.

The first floor includes a first class kitchen with an elevator to the basement where the walk-in coolers are located along with the pantry. Other features include a large outdoor heated brick paver patio that can be tented. Custom tents have been made for this building. The building is fully sprinkled for fire protection and includes a fire alarm system.

The building layout includes a grand foyer entry, a pre-function area with fireplace and coat room and a folding wall to separate the room from the banquet room, three bathrooms (men's, women' and unisex), a large banquet room with a folding wall to split the room into two smaller banquet rooms, two full built-in bars, a large kitchen, shipping and receiving area and elevator.

DIV 08:
Windows: Eagle.
DIV 09: Gypsum: Unites States Gypsum.

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