Chandlee and Sons Construction Company signed a contract with JMP Hospitality Group, LLC., represented by Paulo Junior, Managing Partner, on May 28, 2019, for the construction of a new restaurant called Calacas inside the new Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Calacas means Day of the Dead.
The Chandlee team for this commercial build-out project was Warren Phillips as Project Manager, Michael McCall as Superintendent, and Mary Chandlee as the Project Administrator. The architect was Powell Architecture and Building Studio and the MEP is DFH Services, both with offices in Nashville, Tennessee.
The scope of this commercial construction project was to create a restaurant within a new shell space of 3,477 square feet located on the first floor of the newly built Omni hotel. Included in the plan are two dining rooms, a smaller private dining room, a bar, a fully equipped commercial kitchen, and public restrooms that are handicap accessible. The space also includes a customer waiting area, storage areas and an office within the commercial kitchen.
Superintendent Michael McCall began at the permit office on July 1 to pick up the permit and plans. During the early stages of this new commercial construction project, Mike met with several people from the AC Hotel including the engineer, Phil White, to receive keys to all the areas of the hotel that will be affected by the required work of the contract. The permit was given to Mike White with NorthPoint Hospitality, AC’s Senior Project Manager. Meetings were scheduled to address concerns not in the plans.
Michael arrived at 5:45 am on July 7 to discover the electricians at work and an email stating the plumbers would arrive in two days. He and Paulo worked on concerns Michael had – Paulo asked that the suspended shelving over the bar be removed to create a cleaner look and to direct the money towards exterior doors. Two days later the plumbing contractor broke ground for the rough-in and the electricians relocated electrical components to make way for the plumbing. Ward Plumbing began trenching and shoveling. Michael sought better pricing for foam installers and the dumpster and port-a-potty were delivered. The door installers discussed the possible necessity for exterior railings. Trenching continued as did pipe fitting on the 11th – it took a jackhammer to break rocks. Cutting into the concrete was done. The next day the excavator and jack hammer ran all day – long hard work slowly progressed over a few days. Michael received an additional quotation from another foam insulating company.
On July 22, the elevations were inspected, Michael had the safety plan design, and he also attained additional door vendors locally. Mike reviewed the plans carefully to catch any missed problems and worked on interior curbing and level slab solutions. The plumbing trench was closed, and the area was cleaned up. Near month’s end, the plumbers had corrected to a separated pipe and DeJunn began the curb demolition – cutting and chipping over a few days. The electric slab was completed on the last day of the month.
The month of August began with Michael verifying with Metro Inspections that all was on track for the electric slab inspection. Empower Electric had called their inspection. Mike requested a call from the building inspector regarding the slab to make sure codes were being followed just we do in Atlanta. On August 5, the electric was inspected, Ward Plumbing had run the slab fountain chase, and additional electrical work was done. The concrete vaper and rebar were installed by the 8th.
A month later the electrical crew had installed and connected the transformer, work had the electrical wall cover inspection, boxes were in for wall mounted and ceiling mounted lights, switches and outlets were in, the service panel was up, and conduit lines were run including lines to the second level for condensers and outside signage. The crew also removed remaining hanging heaters and began pulling wire through the conduit including wiring to the fire alarm.
Bardi Steel had welded down the grate flooring and completed erecting the steel. The crew was returning to Atlanta to work with engineers on how to remove a column from the freezer. They will return the following week with handrails, the shipyard ladder, and a solution for the column. Michael received the new plans for the mezzanine from the architect.
Smarthands continued framing and hanging sheet rock on one side and in the arches. They framed the raised the ceiling at the front according to the design and framed the hallway leading to the restrooms and the wood blocking in the walls. The crew also replaced sheetrock in areas requiring fire rated wall panels per the plans and lowered the wall at the bar per handicapped requirements.
The plumber relocated the water meter to the back of the restaurant and installed the gas lines. The crew also ran the lines to the back of the building, to the water heater, and for all equipment in the kitchen including copper lines. All work passed inspection. After Michael talked with team, the plumber was asked to move a sink to the bar and install additional sinks per the plans. JTP Concrete began grinding down and patching interior concrete columns to present a smooth finish.
A meeting with the Fire Marshall on October 1 resulted in changing the swing of the exterior door at the back of the restaurant, adding panic hardware, and not allowing any exterior doors opening into the parking deck. The electricians completed installing conduit boxes and boxes for the point of sale registers, wiring was in for the overhead lighting, exit signs, and the air conditioning units. They pulled wire for the condensing unit and the air handlers and tied electrical lights in the kitchen. The scissor lift and piping were delivered for Century Fire. They began anchoring hangers and installing pipe.
The next week the electricians ran the ground for transformer and installed the conduit for walk in freezer along with lines for televisions. The taped junction boxes before the painters begin, installed the heat trace at the mop sink, and installed conduit and boxes for the S3 wall sconces at the arch of the front entrance and installed the fixtures. They ran conduit and installed boxes for the wall mounted TV’s and terminated the wires to the K-panel. Electricians will return after the mezzanine is completed. Century Fire arrived on Tuesday the 8th to installing piping to various spaces. Michael called for estimates from HVAC and brick contractors. Smarthands Drywall hung sheetrock inside the electrical room to help the electricians complete the mounting of conduits, added studs to the arch near the hostess stand to mount sconces, and installed half-inch fire-tested plywood at the dining room banquet. They framed the soffit above the point of sale station, padded out three columns to hide the fire alarm conduits and boxes and cleaned up. The point of sale subcontractor began their installation. Beacon Technologies arrived onsite to begin the installation of the alarm system, and after testing it ran lines for sprinklers into each space. They will also return once the construction of the mezzanine is complete. Michael received estimates on polishing the concrete floors.
Monday, October 14, Century Fire tied into the main water line; installed sprinkler heads in the private dining room, the hostess area and down the hallway leading to the restrooms. The electricians added terminating wires to the H-panel. Century Fire and the electricians will return when the mezzanine is finished. Two days later Bardi Steel returned to demo the existing mezzanine. Wiring for the point of sale system were neatly tied off for now. The sheetrock crew framed the rough opening for the wine rack and sliding glass door, installed plywood on one side of the bar area, and began hanging drywall on one side of the restroom.
The next week Hector’s crew cut the slab, removed the concrete, and dug out the dirt for the footers for the supports of the new mezzanine, they wired rebar mats, and poured the footers. The HVAC materials arrived on site, and the electricians returned to make some changes and repair a broken line. HVAC contractor began work at month’s end.
November began with a conference call to the office and discussions with all subcontractors, and materials and equipment arriving on site to build the mezzanine. Wires were installed for speakers and cameras. Bardi Steel erected beams and joists for mezzanine, installed a metal ladder and secured subfloor working all night on the 7th – Michael met them cleaning up at 7:00 am on Friday the 8th. They returned a few days later to add layers of flooring and worked the weekend of the 16th. Electricians begin wiring for equipment in the kitchen and made changes in existing wiring for accommodate the new mezzanine along with adding temporary lighting in this space. They also connected the HVAC units and water heaters and added two outlets per the owner’s request. This crew worked every day the month of November. Century Fire added fire lines in the kitchen. Sliding glass doors, the wine rack and glass shelving arrived, and the HVAC crew installed units in the kitchen and hallway leading to restrooms. The concrete crew returned to fill holes, secure rebar and grout. The plumbers relocated the gas line for the hood as per the owner’s request.
Tuesday, November 19 was a busy day with Century Fire continuing their installation of fire lines and testing the system (on the 27th); electricians adding more conduit in the kitchen; concrete crew installing plywood blocking and back pouring footers; P.O.S. crew running wires for home office, kitchen and mezzanine, and a camera in the garage; and plumbers running water and gas lines to water heater, vent hood, the fryers and a sink near back door By the 26th they were ready for inspection. Bardi Steel worked the weekend again along with the HVAC team. The month rounded out with Thanksgiving long weekend.
Century Fire worked on December 2 making sure all was sound. Electricians installed can lights in the private dining room, began the process of removing mezzanine lights off house power and wire up to the service panel, and completed all overhead taps. The plumbers installed the hub drain for the ice machine and cleaned their materials from the site. The drywall crew continued detailed framing in kitchen area and dining booths. Boxes were installed for the exterior speakers by the P.O.S. crew.
Project Manager Warren Phillips called for the framing building inspection on December 11. He said Friday, December 13 was a very productive day with the brick mason prepping the site by blocking off the work area with tape – he performed and the demo into Saturday. The HVAC crew was on hand unloading additional materials and the crew worked the whole weekend. It rained on the 16th – Bardi Steel installed the wine rack and the steel for the Clopay doors, the HVAC guys kept at it, and the drywall team cut openings for the Clopay doors and hung duro rock at the kitchen vent hood. Tuesday was too cold for the brick layers to mix mud so they cleaned brick while the electricians relocated junction boxes for the doors, the HVAC team hung spiral ducting, P.O.S. guys ran more wire in kitchen, and Smarthands hung sheetrock in the restrooms and plywood in the kitchen. The vent hood arrived on the 18th – the electricians, the sheetrock hangers and HVAC teams were hard at work. The Clopay doors were installed by the vendor the next day, disconnects were wired to the interior and exterior HVAC units, and Smarthands installed plywood for the dining booths and hung drywall at the hostess station and second point of sale station. Temperatures rose on the 20th enabling the brick mason to begin roughing-in the opening where the Clopay doors were installed.
After the break to celebrate Christmas, Smarthands was back at work installing plywood for the walls in the kitchen and bar area, and the FRP on Saturday, December 28. Window Graphics installed the graphics on the glass of the front and side storefront windows. Brick masons tried to acid clean the exterior brick, but the wind proved to be a challenge. The outside temperatures were between 42 and 52 degrees. The electricians begin the installation of conduit and boxes for power to the Clopay doors. The HVAC crew began installing dampers and tied-in ductwork to the handlers. The brick masons were able to clean the exterior brick on New Year’s Eve. Electricians installed a GFI outlet at the disconnects for the exterior heat pumps. HVAC guys brazed the copper line sets, and installed ductwork and dampers. They tied into the air handlers the following day, New Year’s Day.
The year 2020 began with Century Fire relocating a fire line through the Mezzanine stairway. The electricians had power operating on the jobsite, installed conduit to the Clopay doors and panel covers at service panels. The HVAC team continued their work with air handles, copper line sets, and setting frames for diffusers and exhaust in the restrooms. FRP was completed in the kitchen, restroom ceilings were braced, and the crew framed the area around the point of sale counter. The following day, Smarthands hung the drywall ceiling in the electrical room, installed FRP inside the bar area, and framed the hostess counter. The water heaters were delivered (to be installed on Monday). The fourth air handler was installed, and the HVAC crew worked over the weekend. Monday, January 6 brought rain and lots of work for the HVAC team that week and they called for the inspection. The Clopay door installers and electricians continued their tasks with the electricians working on Sunday.
On Tuesday January 14, the foam installation team was onsite prepping the space for spraying to begin the next day. On the 23rd the Smarthands crew was busy hanging moisture resistant sheetrock in the bar and dining rooms and installing standard sheetrock on the ceiling of the hostess area and private dining room – working Friday and Saturday. The HVAC team continued work on the PCU and MAU, Bardi Steel filled holes and ground down steel at the sliding glass door and hung the bar shelves, the electricians made changes in some switches and lighting, and the sheet rock team applied coating over the weekend. Monday, January 27 again brought rain while the drywall team applied their second coat. The HVAC team returned to Atlanta. The next day the sheetrock crew applied a third coat to sand the next day, the plumbers sealing a leak in the gas line, and the tile crew unloaded materials and measured to begin work the next day. Smarthands crew sanded the finished walls and cleaned up. The tile installers prepped the floors in the kitchen and bar, and laid tile for the next two days.
Monday, February 3 brought a sunny day with high temperatures at 71 degrees. Bardi Steel was onsite grinding and sanding the center bar and top of the ornamental steel. The painting crew prepped the ceiling of the dining room and primed the spiral ductwork and the walls of the restrooms and dining room. The tile crew completed the quarry tile and base in the kitchen. Hector’s crew was onsite caulking, hanging new paper on the windows, routing oak trim, and staining. The following day Coke was onsite installing their lines, Hector’s crew cleaned up, and the inspector was onsite for the electrical panel inspection. Painters and tile crews continued work on Wednesday. The tile crew began prepping and installing tile in the restrooms while the paint crew applied a second coat of color on the walls, painted bar shelves, and stained the interior doors the next day. Hector’s crew helped all the subs with clean-up – they also painted and stained throughout the week. The HVAC crew returned on Friday to install the black iron ductwork for the PCU unit, the tile crew continued installing tile in restrooms, and Hector and his crew thoroughly cleaned the restaurant and the suite next door where staging materials were stored. The only crew working the weekend of February 8 and 9 was the HVAC team.
The week of the 10th was busy as this commercial restaurant build was nearing completion. The P.O.S. company installed speakers, cameras, TV mounts and the control panel. The tile crew continued the installation of tile in the restrooms and bar, along with the dining room soffit. The installation of receptacles and lighting was completed by the electricians who wrapped up on Wednesday. S&W Installers completed the trim around the windows and doors and trimmed out the arch in the restroom. The Ansul system company was onsite to tie in their chemical system that puts out fires to the gas line system. Coke delivered the syrup on Wednesday. The HVAC crew continued to weld the black iron grease duct and completed the fresh air return from the MAU to the exterior vents. Work began on the slab on Thursday with the crew grinding it with 80 grit cut. They continued work on Friday and Saturday along with the HVAC crew. The concrete crew stained the concrete on Sunday.
The P.O.S. sub worked alone on Monday the 17th running the wires from the speakers, cameras and point of sale system to the control panel. The next day the electricians began installing the hanging light fixtures in the dining room, wired the interior AC units from the disconnects, and installed exit lights and bugeyes. The kitchen equipment was delivered. On Wednesday, the plumbers began installing toilets and urinals. Tile was installed on the wall in the bar area and equipment for the bar was delivered the following day. Plumbers installed the water heaters and the tile crew continued work in the bar, dining booth wall, the hostess area, and the point of sale area. The electricians and tile crew continued work on Friday. Over the weekend the plumbers worked on faucets and the equipment in the kitchen was set in place.
The last week of February began with temperatures it the 40’s and 50’s. Electricians were busy meeting with the equipment contractor to review the locations of the MAU and PCU units and wired up the water heaters and cooler. Smarthands was on site to make repairs to the sheetrock in the restrooms, install last sheet of FRP, and begin the grid for the ceiling in the kitchen. Tuesday the plumbers tied the sinks in the bar to the water lines. The electricians pulled wire to and from the disconnect for the dishwasher, relocated an outlet, wired the ansul, and installed dimmer switches. The HVAC crew started up the units, sheetrock crew finished repairs, tile was finished in the restrooms and the hostess area, and plumbers installed the sinks in the bar and kitchen. The electricians had a full day installing MC cable for the exterior signage, installing the driver for the tape lighting over the hostess area, and wiring the MAU and PCU units. Beacon Technologies was onsite on Thursday to install horn, strobes and pull stations. Century Fire came to install sprinkler heads in the kitchen, closet, bathrooms and hostess area, and the HVAC team rewelded the hood exhaust duct. Plumbers installed gas lines to grills, stoves, and other equipment in the kitchen. The tile for the dining banquet was grouted then the crew cleaned-up. As expected, the electricians were busy adding bulbs to the light fixtures, mounting GFI outlets to the floor boxes at the center bar, installed lights in the hallway leading to restrooms and in the panel room, and added switches and lights at the point of sale counter and more for two days.
Plumbers and electricians were the only crews on site when the month of March began. The plumbing installed circulation pumps at water heaters. The electricians continued the installation of the switch plates and dimmers, wired the lights in the hood vents, and added a three-way switch for lights in the kitchen. The next day Beacon was back to place smoke detectors on the HVAC units. On Wednesday and Thursday, Paulo’s crew installed wood flooring in the dining area. The paint crew returned to apply a second coat to all surfaces after securely sealing off all areas to keep the paint off. The HVAC crew was caught up and ready for inspection. Plumbers were on hold until the vanities are in place and the mop sink and a faucet arrive.
The week of March 9, Precision Mechanical and Controls company was on hand to tie in the MAU plus the air handler in the kitchen, and the hood controls into the MAU control panel for the fire suppression with the help of the electricians. King Interiors delivered the dining booths. A stainless steel guard was added to the dishwasher, a stainless steel counter was added at the half wall in the kitchen, and the hood warmer was raised per Paulo’s request. Tile installers and Smarthands performed final corrections and their punch list. On Tuesday, King Interiors continued with the dining booth installation, Ansul System delivered and installed a necessary microswitch, S&W installed base in the private dining room and the hostess area, and the tile crew finished the punch out. Two days later, the electricians replaced a bad dimmer switch; installed tape lighting at the bar, restrooms, and private dining room; and hung the light fixtures at the front entry and over the dining booths. Coke came to install the soft drink machine in the kitchen, the lines at the bar, and a bag in a box in the kitchen. The point of sale sub placed his equipment in the control panel. The plumbing crew moved pressure into the gas lines preparing for the inspection on Friday morning – testing for leaks. Friday, the 13th was a rainy day with temps nearing the upper 60’s. Shelves were installed in the kitchen and the laser paper was removed from all the appliances. King Interiors finished the booth installation and cleaned up. The concrete vanities were delivered and put in place using mounted 2×4 supports to the walls – working Saturday too. Arch Glass and Mirror installed bronze mirrors behind the booths. Bardi Steel installed the glass at the wine rack and the door and installed and mounted the center bar. Electricians continued installing the tape lighting and light fixtures over booths – they also installed light fixtures on the concrete columns and relocated the trace box by the mop sink.
Beacon installed the last strobe/horn fixture and tested the system on Monday the 16th while the electricians continued lighting installations and cut the conduit to raise the junction boxes for the TV’s per the owner’s request. On Saint Patrick’s Day, Creative Stone delivered and began installing the countertops, and the P.O.S. sub installed TV mounts, tested the speakers, and play us some music. The electrical crew installed controls for the food warmer, wired the hot water heater pump, and installed outlets at the point of sale counter. Creative Stone completed their installation the following day, and the electricians installed a neon light in the women’s restroom and removed a light per Paulo’s request. Russell Window and Glass came to install a metal wrap inside the perimeter of the Clopay doors. A-1 Signs installed the exterior sign on Thursday. Two cameras were relocated per Paulo’s request, and the ice machine was replaced with a different one. The Clopay doors had their closure adjusted, along with the pull string for the manual opening, and loose wires were tightened. On Friday, the mop sink was installed, the kitchen sink was relocated, and the drains were added to the sinks in the restroom vanities.
Plumbing crew worked on Monday, March 23 installing faucets in men’s and women’s restrooms. Hector’s crew arrived on the job site from Alpharetta, Georgia to perform a deep clean. The concrete counter installer wet sanded the counter tops in the restrooms and Hector and his crew cleaned over a few days. On Wednesday, King Interiors installed wood trim to accommodate the tape lighting and Hector and his crew assisted in hanging mirrors in the women’s restroom and helped install foot bar rails. Creative Stone finished up on Thursday. Hector’s crew continued cleaning focusing on the mirrored surfaces. The electricians completed their work after installing a time clock for the exterior signage and adding more tape lighting at the booths, wiring a second pump, and repairing a few receptacles that were tripping. The painters installed wallpaper in the hallway that leads to the restrooms and finished the painting over two days. Smarthands installed ceiling tiles in the kitchen. At week’s end Clopay had installed exterior flashing on the doors, King Interiors addressed bubbles in the materials around the skulls, the last of the wallpaper was up, cameras were up in the kitchen ceiling, TV’s were mounted, and Hector’s crew had emptied the storage suite loading the leftover HVAC materials and were headed south.
Concrete Countertops came on Thursday, April 2 perform the final sanding of the concrete countertops in the restrooms and apply the sealant. The plumbing company performed a first-start on the water heaters, checked and adjusted the temperature for the sinks and dishwashers and stopped a small water leak in the bar area. Super Source was on site to perform a first-start on the dishwashing machines and installed the chemicals. One of the tile crew came in to make a repair to the tile around the paper towel dispensers in the restrooms. On Friday, the 3rd the paint crew completed the installation of the wallpaper in the hallway leading to the restrooms and completed all touch-up painting. A trim out was done around the skull art and the site was cleaned-up. Monday April 6 Michael called the plumber back to correct the PVC pipes going into the floor drain. They performed this correction the following day and the inspection was called for and passed on April 8.
The Calacas Restaurant is located at 410 Fifth Avenue South. Interestingly, this Omni Hotel location has a Springhill Suite by Marriot and a Residence Inn by Marriot within its walls. The materials of the design of the Omni are exposed steel and limestone from the area. It is stated to be a ‘modern expression of Nashville’s character’. The building is attached to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum – a one-of-a-kind experience.