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  Dogwood Manor ApartmentsDogwood Manor Apartments

General Contractor & Cost Estimator

J&S Construction Company, Inc.
1843 Foreman Drive, Cookeville, TN 38501

General Description

Location: Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Date Bid: Apr 2013 Construction Period: May 2013 to June 2014
Total Square Feet: 19,975 Site: 1.436 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 7,175; second floor, 6,400; each additional floor, 6,400; total, 19,975 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 10’3”; second floor, 10’3”; each additional floor, 8’7”; total, 29’1”.
Basic Construction Type: New. Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Brick, fiber cement lap siding. Roof: Asphalt shingles. Floors: Wood.
Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.

Project Team

Architect: ACHW, Inc. - 800 Oak Ridge Turnpike, #A400, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Structural Engineer: WCT Associates, Inc. - 3930 S. Nova Road, #304, Port Orange, FL 32127
Mechanical Engineer: Kelso-Regen Associates, Inc. - 201 Sherlake Lane, #101, Knoxville, TN 37922
Electrical Engineer: March Adams & Associates, Inc. - 310 Dodds Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404
Civil Engineer: Lackey & Associates, Inc. - 800 Oak Ridge Turnpike, #A400, Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Dogwood Manor Apartments is a $2.4 million housing facility, located in Oak Ridge, Tenn., which was completed by J&S Construction Company, Inc. in June 2014.

This 19,975-square-foot facility is owned by Dogwood Manor Apartments, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and provides independent, subsidized housing for very low-income elderly citizens at or above the age of 62. The Cumberland Regional Development Corporation acted as sponsor for this housing project.

Dogwood Manor features three stories and contains 23 one-bedroom units for residents and one two-bedroom unit for the facility's on-site resident manager. Other spaces included in the building are a community room, kitchen, laundry station, storage, a meeting room and various seating areas.

The original scope of work included 19,600 square feet of construction, but the owners decided to add a 375 square-foot activity room to the building near the end of the original construction period. The activity room contains exercise equipment as well as seating and tables for playing games to assist in keeping seniors active and healthy.

In addition to compliance with building codes, this project was designed to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ENERGY STAR' Program, Version 3, Revision 5, and EPA's Indoor airPLUS Program - which provides additional construction specifications to provide comprehensive indoor air quality protections in new homes.

J&S Construction' and ACHW (Adams Craft Herz Walker), the architect of record, headquartered in Oak Ridge, Tenn., collaborated throughout the design process to ensure the construction budget established was under the client's required $107 per square foot. Even with this aggressive budget, the building still has some wonderful, durable, exterior finishes that include HardiePlank(R) and HardiePanel(R) siding, brick and stone veneers. Regarding the interior finishes, the building walls and ceilings are predominantly painted drywall with a combination of vinyl plank wood and carpeted flooring.

The elevator, located near the main entrance, provides convenient access to the second and third floors. For the residents that prefer to take the stairs, there is a stairwell at each end of the building. A trash chute was also installed near the elevator on the second and third levels for the convenience of the residents.

There are multiple exterior amenities that lend to the appeal of the property including a covered front porch equipped with ceiling fans and rocking chairs. A gazebo sits just outside the rear exit and has perimeter seating as well as a built-in set of porch swings. In addition to the covered outdoor living areas, there is also a large concrete drive/patio area that extends the length of the building. This component serves two purposes: the required fire truck emergency access lane and optional additional outdoor seating/picnic areas.

The irrigation system included on site will ensure the landscaping survives and thrives East Tennessee's various climates. While most residents and visitors may never notice, there is an underground site water retention system that is positioned under the paved parking lot. This system was used due to the limited size of the site which did not allow for an open retention pond. Therefore, the parking lot serves a critical dual purpose.

The mixture of upscale exterior finishes with cost-effective, comfortable interior finishes provides residents with the perfect place to call home.

Project Information
Roofing: Firestone, Uniclad
Floor Underlayment: Gyp-Crete®

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