Construction on the project is set to begin in early 2017, taking 12-14 months to complete. The renovation will include a new fitness center, golf shop with increased floor space, expanded bar/lounge with casual dining, a private dining room, and a new pool area, with zero-edge entry, splash pad, lap pool, cabanas, and a poolside pavilion.
A $7.5 million expansion and renovation of the Topeka (Kan.) Country Club will add a fitness center, a new golf shop and a new pool area complete with a splash pad, patio cabanas and a pavilion and stage, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported.
Members recently approved the plans, said Clay Meininger, President/COO, and after going through the city’s approval and permitting process, construction is expected to begin in early 2017, taking 12-14 months to complete, the Capital-Journal reported.
Meininger said the club membership started talking about the project about four years ago, hiring a consultant to hold focus groups and town hall meetings to determine the direction to go, the Capital-Journal reported.
“It was determined that we go forward with expanding food and beverage, and adding a health and wellness center,” he said. “Our pool area, while it’s a great pool, was built in 1983. So we will tear the whole thing out and start over. We’ll have the kids’ water splash park, with a beach entry pool out there. We’re looking to put a stage in, so we can have receptions and parties and concerts.”
A new lap pool, patio cabanas and tables that offer outdoor dining and new restrooms will complete the pool area. Meininger said the club will remain open during the construction project, which is expected to take 12 to 14 months to complete. The pool area work won’t be done until after next summer, at the end of pool season, the Capital-Journal reported.
The TCC’s last major renovation was done in 2008, when the banquet rooms were expanded and the kitchen was redone and expanded, the Capital-Journal reported.
The expanded banquet rooms will allow the club staff to relocate the dining room and lounge area to keep those open while the construction takes place, Meininger said. All banquets, weddings and other scheduled events will continue as planned. TCC had 429 memberships and 197 stockholders as of May. It serves more than 1,200 people, he said.
To move forward with the construction project, a plan was presented to membership requiring each member category to be responsible for a different capital expansion fee, Meininger said. That was voted on and passed, the Capital-Journal reported.
Meininger said putting in the splash pad and beach-front pool are the types of things that appeal to younger members and potential members, along with the health and wellness center, the Capital-Journal reported.
“It just needs to continue to grow, continue to evolve, make it so that the next generation and the generations after that can enjoy it,” he said, adding that the club’s amenities, food made by a Chicago chef hired two years ago and the safety of being able to drop kids off for golf or tennis lessons, or to go swimming, make it a stable part of the Topeka community, the Capital-Journal reported.