General Contractor & Cost Estimator
J&S Construction Company, Inc.
1843 Foreman Drive, Cookeville, TN 38501
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Date Bid: Apr 2013 Construction Period: May 2013 to June
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.
Architect: ACHW, Inc. - 800 Oak Ridge Turnpike, #A400, Oak Ridge,
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
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.
Roofing: Firestone, Uniclad
Floor Underlayment: Gyp-Crete®