LAVIDA MASSAGE is a new design/build franchise project for Chandlee and Sons Construction Company. It is located in the Crossroads Point center in Dallas, Georgia. Construction was underway by mid-January 2016 with our goal to complete the project by April. Carey Hughes is the Senior Project Manager for this retail business.
The scope of this 2,800 square foot commercial construction project for franchisees, Angela and Brad Hodsden, contains ten massage rooms with one large room for couple’s massage that can be divided into two individual rooms using a folding wall. An eleventh room is dedicated to skin care. All of these rooms are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Silver Marlin. The design includes a private office with a separate entrance, two restrooms, large lobby, and storage room for linens and office supplies with a scrub sink, washer and dryer. There is a breakroom with tables for sitting or computing, a refrigerator, sink, microwave and storage cabinets, employee lockers and, if space allows, a dishwasher and a dual sink fixture will be installed. A ‘quiet room’ is in the plans to offer members a place to relax and hydrate themselves before and after receiving their massage.
The space has drop ceilings, standard electrical and plumbing, two heat pump units, standard sprinkler and fire alarm systems, and a music/sound system with speakers in every room.
The lobby is painted in custom colors, tiled in 6” x 24” floor tiles that resemble wood and has a stacked stone wainscot on the walls constructed of cultured stone with a narrow ledge on top made of laminate. A beautiful ½” thick glass swinging, sound-proof door in the lobby leads back to all of the other rooms. Ethernet connections, surge protectors, phone and computer systems, salt lamps and other appliances are part of the electrical installation through slotted-duct raceways under the desks. Additional electrical components include a speaker for the sound system and recessed lighting in the soffit over the desk and outlets seven feet above the floor for a flat screen monitor and more Ethernet ports.
A drinking water system is located in the wide hallway that is carpeted and painted in Benjamin Moore Gentle Cream. Sconces are located the entire length of the hallway. The floors in the bathrooms, breakroom, and laundry are 12” x 12” tiles. The windowsills are built-out using the same laminate that is used for the tops of the raised lobby counter and the lower desk surfaces.
Demolition on this salon project ran the first week of February. The framing and dry wall materials were delivered Monday, the 8th and the crew cut into the concrete slab for utilities. The crew began hanging the fire wall the following day and by weeks end the framing had begun. The electrical rough-in and hanging of the first side of the sheetrock began the next week. Seth Chandlee, Managing Partner, Chandlee and Sons Construction, made this comment on Friday, February 19, “Two weeks into this franchise deal – only a short time until we turn it over.”
By the 23rd the rough-in of the plumbing began. Three days later, Friday, February 26, the electrical cover and wall cover inspections were performed. The crew was hanging the drywall and completed the low voltage installation in the last week of the month. During this week the restrooms were tiled, trim work and stone work was completed along with all of the painting work.
The installation of the insulated dry wall is complete, the sprinkler system is in and JAX Custom Cabinets was on site March 1. By March 7 the project was 67% completed with a goal to close it out before month’s end. The work scheduled for this week includes installing the trim, the tile and doors along with prime painting. The following week the cabinets will be in the break room and the stone work will begin as soon as the tile work is complete.
By Monday, March 21 this project was closing in on a wrap. Carey estimated plus or minus one week from the finish. The tile and stone work was 100% complete just as the restrooms. The VCT was installed in the laundry room. The stone wall installation was almost done and was the specialty wall feature.
Seth commented on April 7, “The fastest LaVida Massage built on planet earth. Wells Fargo funded the project. Our first meeting with the bank was two weeks before completion. The draw schedule ended up being wrapped into a lump sum. That is called ‘amazing project management’!”
LaVida Massage is located at 8876 Dallas Acworth Highway in Dallas, Georgia