The Island Country Club is getting a makeover. Just over three years after completing a $ 6 million facelift for their championship golf course, the club on March 22 inaugurated a major renovation of the club’s facilities, estimated at $ 15.1 million.

Some first shovelfuls of earth take place before any actual construction has taken place, but a significant amount of land had already been cleared before about 50 people gathered for the ceremony on Monday afternoon. General contractor Gates Construction, headquartered in Bonita Springs, began physical work on the site in early March with completion scheduled for December 1.

“We started on time and we will end on time,” ICC President Scott Welliver told assembled guests before more than a dozen lifted painted shovels. in gold for the traditional revolutionary photo. As the head of a construction company in upstate New York, Welliver has the experience to build a herd on a construction project. He said Gates has done an exemplary job to date, starting on time and efficiently.

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“Construction is construction,” said Gates construction manager Marco Petretta. “There will always be challenges,” but he promised to meet them. He introduced members of his team, including project manager Ryan Eisenhauer and assistant project manager Amber Granda, who were hailed as “the one who does all the work”.

Other guests were officials from the city of Marco Island, including Police Chief Tracy Frazzano, Fire and Rescue Chief Chris Byrne and Building Manager Raul Perez, as well as a representative of the project architect. Peacock & Lewis.

The clubhouse dining room will close on April 6, but a new outdoor food court, very appropriate for the COVID-19 era, will open shortly after Easter. The golf course and pro shop as well as tennis facilities will remain operational during the construction period, and the club will be open for business, said Heather Hall, director of membership and marketing.

One of the main goals of the renovation is a redesigned wellness center, replacing the Double Eagle restaurant, significantly expanding the club’s exercise facilities. The center will offer a variety of spaces designed for specific fitness needs, which will include an exercise room with a mirrored wall and ballet bar, a Reformer / Pilates room with a ceiling suspension system and a cardio / weight area with a window wall that offers expansive golf course views, according to Gates’ website. There will also be two spa treatment rooms and washrooms for men and women.

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Additionally, the renovation will include a major makeover to the CCI’s second-floor dining room, which hosts events for many Marco Island organizations. The intention is to create a more open, functional and flexible space, by removing the “saw tooth” that obstructed sight lines in the restaurant. The second floor will also house a new bar and lounge, as well as an outdoor terrace with stunning views of the golf course, as well as a private wine cellar where members can organize special events, with storage capacity. of 1,400 bottles.

A new casual restaurant on the first floor with indoor and outdoor seating will double the club’s casual dining space, with a new kitchen and a 24-seat bar. The changing rooms and the entrance to the club – “everything except administrative offices,” Welliver said – will also be renovated.

Although fitness facilities are not available during the construction period, “fitness reciprocations will be initiated” during the traditional downturn period, Hall said. She said ICC is at full capacity for golf members, with a waiting list, but tennis and social media subscriptions are currently available. No staff will be made redundant during construction, she said.

The general manager of Island Country Clubs is Bid Bakkar, who was promoted internally from clubhouse manager in 2017. Members of the club’s renovation committee are Michael Hook, Ben Farnsworth, Aldo Palombo and Tom Swartz. ICC Vice-President is Joan Myers, who paired her top with her hot pink helmet for the inauguration.

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