Dear Club Membership:
I am happy to announce that after a long waiting period we have received a temporary permit form the OLCC to serve alcohol under the Corvallis Club entity. This will allow us to officially close escrow and transfer title.
Communication to the membership plays a major part of our rebranding and I believe we have done a much better job notifying everyone of upcoming events. To assist in member communications and services I would like to introduce Amanda Moody who will be filling the new concierge position Tuesdays - Saturdays 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Amanda will be available to assist you with reservations and membership questions at (541) 752-3471 or at her email which is currently being created. [email protected]
You may hove noticed the extensive work being done on the pool and I am optimistic that the pool will be open around a June 20th timeline barring any unforseen setbacks. I realize repairs couldn't have taken place at a worse time with hot weather and everyone wanting to cool off but these repairs were required to bring the pool current with safety regulations.
Thank you for your patience.
Dear Club Membership:
Contractors are hard at work trying to meet our request of having a fully functioning pool by a June 20th deadline. As in all remodel projects, the unexpected happens and the pool is no exception. We originally budgeted pool repairs to be around $25,000 however after final review the problems with the pool came back signficantly more extnesive than previously thought at around $90,000 in repairs alone. We have made the decision to do the pool in two stages. Phase one is currently underway and will focus on getting the safety and mechanical side of the pool to regulations complete by June 20th. We will then schedule the second phase of the pool renovation to completed after the end of the season which will be an extensive overhaul of the shell and decking. Safety is our main focus and we want to assure you that the pool will be safe ennvironment for your enjoyment.
Thank you for your patience and we are looking forward to a fun time at the pool this summer.
Dear Club Membership:
In February the Corvallis Club team kicked into gear planning for the "New Look" we've all been imagining. Walt Gamble, a 1964 CHS and 1969 OSU Construction Engineer graduate, was chosen as the Project Manager and owner's representative. He brings a career's worth of knowledge and experience to this challenging project. A big thank you is due to our dear friend and member Hal Pritchett for helping us make the connection.
We are delighted to have Gerding Builders back again to provide their exceptional people and talents to this work. There doesn't need to be much more said of the firm's contribution to our community. The list is too long. Ryan McAlister is working closely with Randy and Walt to assure close coordination, minimal disruption, and the highest quality product possible.
If you think about it, the improvements are neatly divided, interiors and exteriors. The designs for the interior remodeling are being provided by another local professional, William "Bill" Ryals. Many of you will recognize his name concerning many of our newest hospitality facilities. Walt, of course, thinks the "New Murphy's" is the most important. Relationships count and the connection between Bill and Gerding Builders runs deep. The Corvallis Calvary Church is a relevant example of the designer/builder collaboration. Assisting Bill with interior finishes and furnishing is an associate of Joe Mayo's, Don Manfred of Design Works Inc. Spokane.
We believe the most attention might be focused on the potential exterior improvements, the pool, and bag drop area, the event space, the entry, not to mention the exterior building finishes. For that component of the design, Wait brought Jocelyn Bates and Charlie Brucker of PLACE Landscape Design to the team. Locally PLACE is providing the design and space planning for OSU's Bexell Hall, the redevelopment of Cordley Hall and the Arts and Education Complex projects. The newer landscapes at Nike and Microsoft are also their work.
How did we start and what progress has been made? The team, owners, designers, and contractors spent a day together on site looking under every rock, almost. From there, each dug into their respective areas. K & D Engineering efficiently produced a complete survey site plan. The exterior color scheme came through the team quickly, and this week after completing four mock-ups painting is underway. Fitzpatrick Painting and Construction of Albany was selected primarily for the reputation of quality work and ability to bring professional crews (plural) to the site. Both Bill Ryals and PLACE completed very preliminary conceptual schemes for owner review. Both are in the middle of producing construction drawings.
What's going to happen and when? The painting, weather permitting will be complete in 7 - 10 days. Due to the time, it takes to allow the significant interior remodeling, and the team is focusing on what's been dubbed "The Pool and Bag Drop" area. If the stars align this area will look amazing before the opening of the pool in June. The fence comes down - new fence goes up enlarging the pool space and improving client flow, the pool gets a cosmetic facelift, and some necessary mechanical fixes, resort-style cabanas, and new furnishings are planned. During the active golf and pool season, other work will amount to design, permitting and construction planning for a significant effort as the season winds down around Labor Day.
Dear Club Membership:
The purpose of this email is to give you a timeline of the changes I plan on making to the Club's food service and some perspective on how we got there. This process will happen in stages. Some of the stages will be immediately noticeable while others will happen over time and out of sight. Being a former member I understand the want to have these changes happen tomorrow. I ask for your patience as I develop this new food and beverage program. I will always appreciate and welcome your feedback. My goal is to make the Corvallis Club's restaurants the most sought after experience in the Willamette Valley!
Stage One: Since the start on May 1st the majority of my time is being spent assessing our current operation. We have some great staff members and they are dedicated to facilitating the new food and beverage program. In anticipation of the new outlets and menus, I will be hiring a couple of new kitchen workers. I hope you get a chance to meet our staff over the next few months. They are excited to be an integral part of the exciting changes coming to your Club!
Stage Two: Creating new menus for the Clubhouse and Pool, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while also addressing the Fireside area with specials, 4-5 items that will start to give you an idea of where I plan to take our fine dining room after the remodel is complete. I hope to have the Clubhouse and Pool menus ready to launch by early June. I will update you through email of upcoming menu launches.
Stage Three: I will be addressing the catering and banquet menus. These will be updated to better represent the current food trends while also paying homage to the classics. During this time I will also be gearing up for the exciting new "Cantina" area being built by the tennis courts. With fire pits, bocci ball, a rotisserie, outdoor grill and live music this area will have its own unique menu for hanging out on Friday nights or for fun private events.
Stage Four: This will be the "Post Remodel" Stage. This is when it gets fun!! At this point, the interior of the Clubhouse will be complete with fresh upgrades throughout. Rooms will include indoor Banquet space, Fine Dining, Lounge area that ties in with the current Bar, and Sports Pub with an additional Bar for service before, during, or after golf. I will have complimentary menus themed to each of these rooms. The Sports Pub will have a classic Golf Course menu with a number of comfort food items for dinner. The Lounge will have a higher end Tapas menu that ties in with the Fine Dining room. The theme for our Fine Dining room will be Classic Steak House meets French Bistro while on vacation in Maui. I will have certain items on the menu that will always be available while rotating through seasonal offerings and fresh catch specials. I plan to update all menus on a more consistent basis so you don't get bored.
I hope this helps give you a better understanding of the goals I have set to make the Corvallis Club a premier Food & Beverage destination. I appreciate your patience while going through this process. If you have any questions and/or feedback please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Executive Chef, Corvallis Club
Dear Club Members:
Many changes are taking place behind the scenes at the Corvallis Club. Artist renderings for the pool and cantina (outside event space) are nearly complete and will be available for everyone to view in the next couple weeks. These changes are going to be a significant improvement to the landscaping and the look of the outside amenities, and we are confident the everyone is going to be impressed.
Food and Beverage is a vital component of any successful club, and I am delighted to introduce to you the latest addition to our team, Executive Chef Iain Duncan whom many . of you already know from one of his prior restaurants, the trendy Le Bistro and Aqua. His culinary talents will bring a diverse menu to the club with new flavors and exciting dishes for your enjoyment. Iain will be starting his position May 1 and will be putting in place a temporary menu's in the grill and restaurant while we develop plans for the significant restaurant renovation coming this fall. Chef Duane Davis who has been on our staff for over ten years will continue as Iain's Sous Chef. I would like to recognize Duane for the extraordinary work he has done this year to improve the quality of food and the dedication he has given to the club. Thank you, Duane!
The second major announcement to our new team is PGA Golf Professional Jordon Ropp from Tetherow Resort in Bend Oregon. Jordon will be taking on the responsibility of Golf Operations beginning May 12th. Jordon is a graduate of OSU with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science and is an excellent instructor who is looking forward to getting back to the valley with his wife and daughter.
Keeping everyone updated on changes is sometimes challenging so to help with communication we have hired Zac Cummings a soon to be graduate of OSU to be our voice while starting the renovation project. Zac will be developing a new website that will become the "go to" place for members to get information. We are hoping to have the site up and running by late May.
Thank you, everyone, for your patience we are looking forward to the exciting time in front of us.
Dear Club Members:
I'm writing to give you an update on the building and grounds renovations. In mid-March, Joe and I met with our team for a brainstorming session on concepts and ideas. Our team consists of Project Manager Walt Gamble, Architect Bill Ryals, a team from PLACE (a Portland Landscape Architect Firm), Interior Designer Don Manfred, and a representative from Gerding Construction. The meeting was very productive, and we came up with many good ideas and opportunities. At this time, we are waiting on preliminary drawings, we will meet again and finalize what we're going to do. At that point, the two architects will work on final plans and drawings, and we will start working on getting any necessary permits from the City. Once finalized we'll make the drawings available to you.
At our first meeting, the group also settled on exterior paint colors. The body of the building will be a shade of gray we see on some of the bark on the trees on the grounds. We will also use chocolate brown and cedar colors for the trim, and we'll use black for an accent color. The exterior colors will flow nicely with the colors and themes we plan on using inside the Clubhouse. Since the exterior repair and paint projects do not require any city permits, we will start on that work as soon as the weather breaks and we can get an extended period without rain. For efficiency sake (and some cosmetic consistency) we will also repair and paint the locker room building while we're here working on the Clubhouse.
Finally, the pool has been in disrepair for several years, and we have both safety and cosmetic issues that need attention. We are Planning on repairing the pool as soon as we can, and we plan on having the repairs done in time to open in late June as we usually do.
Concerning timeframes for the various phases of the project, permitting requirements, weather, and logistics will dictate how quickly we can get things done. I will keep you informed from time to time as we make our way through the renovation process.