URBAN COOKHOUSE began as a 4,100 square foot shell that is located in the front of the new Gateway mixed-use development in Sandy Springs, Georgia. This is a Core Property Capital development of twenty-one acres that is represented by SRS Real Estate Partners.
This was a value-engineered build project for Chandlee and Sons Construction Company. Seth Chandlee, managing partner, offered preconstruction services by assisting with the building turnover from the developer and leasing representatives and by offering the use of a permit expeditor. He also worked internally to provide an adjusted construction contract.
The project was in permitting with the city of Sandy Springs in August 2015 and the contract was signed on the 31st. All went according to plan with the project getting underway a few weeks later.
On September 10 Seth had this to say, “SOLD! Urban Cookhouse Flagship! Chandlee and Sons is excited to be a part of the amazing and unique Sandy Springs Gateway center with the Urban Cookhouse as the only stand-alone restaurant in the development. We have the permit in hand with permission to build the first Urban Cookhouse Restaurant in Georgia!”
Immediately dumpsters and port-a-johns were ordered to the job site, the mobile office was set up with temporary power and everything was in place that was necessary to begin the project. Senior Project Manager for Chandlee and Sons, Ken Rybnikar, will assist in the day to day oversight of this complex restaurant build.
The laying of the underground utilities was progressing well by the middle of September and the sloped concrete and framing was scheduled to begin soon. Monday, September 21, the installation of the under slab plumbing and electrical was complete and the underground utility inspection and the slab prep inspection passed. Two days later the pump truck was in route. The floors are designed with sixteen foot long linear floor drains. Seth made a comment about the purpose of the drains: “When a drink is spilled in this restaurant, it will flow to the floor drain. You can’t see the drains but they are there. Perfect!”
Ken had this to say on Monday, October 12, “We are almost done with the framing. The rough electric and plumbing will be complete tomorrow and we will insulate and cover the walls with drywall. Things are progressing nicely.” Onsite ten days later, Seth said, “Urban Cookhouse is moving quickly. We are shooting to present the Certificate of Occupancy in 8 weeks.
By the end of the third full week in October the crew completed the hanging and finishing of the sheetrock. During a jobsite visit Elizabeth Weiner, Construction Manager with Core Property Capital, commented, “Chandlee is doing a great for the client out at Gateway – they are moving along and running a tight jobsite. It’s much appreciated.”
Ken used a subcontractor for the concrete floor work recommended by Anitra Mecadon (HGTV and DIY television host) and told Seth that he liked him and his work. “Thanks Nini Mec for the referral,” said Seth. “I look forward to meeting him in person.”
Seth visited the job site on Friday, October 30. All of the drywall was complete and the finishers were scheduled to be done over the weekend – almost seven weeks until turnover. Some of the photos taken at this time show some areas actually finished. There is one photo where it appears ceiling pieces are floating in air. There are four of these structures being constructed at this time. The ‘floating’ structure in the center of one of the photos is one of the smaller items. The other three are made of wood and are much larger. The cable currently holding them up will be replaced with clear aircraft grade cable.
Three weeks later the crew was painting the interior which they completed the first week in December. And the concrete floors were on the schedule to be polished in the following week. Ken stated on the December 2, “Staining and the poly on the bar should be about the last thing other than the equipment hookup. We are getting close!”
By December 17 Ken commented, “Things are busy around here. We are in the final push before the restaurant equipment is delivered next Monday, the 21st. Once the kitchen equipment is installed the finishes will move faster.” On a visit to the project, Seth remarked, “The polished concrete floors are sharp and it is almost impossible to tell where we poured the main slab against the three foot wide perimeter slab that is angled towards the floor drains. Absolute great concrete work! The front of the store is a custom fabricated powder coated sliding glass door from Ex Systems which was a special vendor specification from the architect.”
On Christmas Eve, Seth visited the site. Cris Renteria and his painting crew were preparing the custom fabricated walnut butcher block tops with epoxy glazing. Cris stated the glazing may take several coats as it has a tendency to fisheye as it dries because it is so thick and does not spread evenly on the first coat. Subsequent coats will fill in any imperfections. Seth asked Ken, Senior Project Manager, to check on it over the weekend.
Seth commented to Cris, “I am truly proud of the business man you’ve become. There are very few people your age that can negotiate large commercial contracts, value engineer with builders, offer pricing options for our clients, and actually perform the work themselves!” Cris responded, “Thanks Seth, I really do appreciate that coming from you, in all honesty you and your dad have been real role models for my dad and me! You guys were able to grow to a point that I’m sure very few people thought you were going to grow to! It is really some serious motivation!” Seth thanked Ken and Cris for their help and attention to detail – that the project looked really great, and wished all a Merry Christmas.
The second day of the new year Ken stated that the project would be turned over to the owner the following Monday and that the health inspection was scheduled for the day after. This first Urban Cookhouse in Georgia opened on Saturday, January 9, 2016 with Seth partaking of their great food and making these comments, “Go Eat Atlanta! I offer huge thanks to Logan Elder at SRS Real Estate for being kind enough to Chandlee and Sons to her client! If you own a business and want top notch representation call Logan Elder! Ms Logan and her group represents the best and the brightest. She is a mover and a shaker in Georgia. Also, cheers to our Senior Project Manager, Ken Rybnikar, for an incredible finished product. A page has turned until the next Urban Cookhouse.”
Will Gillespie, Urban Cookhouse president, commented, “When we chose Chandlee and Sons Construction we pressed something like the Staples Easy Button.” Chandlee and Sons is also onboard to build and design more locations for Urban Cookhouse in the southeast. The Gateway Urban Cookhouse restaurant is located at 4600 Roswell in Suite 100 of building G. Their website is http://www.urbancookhouse.com/.
Todd McDougald, Chief Operating Officer with Chandlee and Sons, visited Urban Cookhouse in early January and he commented, “I visited today. The restaurant looks awesome.”