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New OP Yacht Club kitchen redesign could prove costly

11/14/13 | By Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

OCEAN PINES—The Ocean Pines association Board of Directors got a bit of a shock during their Nov. 6 work session—sticker shock, when General Manger Bob Thompson told them that equipment costs may have to be sharply increased because of the condition of equipment that was slated to be transferred from the old facility to the new Yacht Club.

Yacht Club Implementation Advisory Committee facilitator Ted Moroney attended the work session meeting via speakerphone. Thompson briefed the board on how kitchen-related costs for the new Yacht Club could increase from $234,300.00, as projected in the original contract, to $690,030.70, as recommended by the professional kitchen design firm Savoy/Brown Consultants of Baltimore.

Dishwashing equipment planned for the new facility will be leased and therefore was not included in the projected costs for the new kitchen equipment, according to Thompson. It will be included in the OPA’s operating budget, he said.

Thompson reminded the board that the redesign was prompted by the board’s directive that he hire a professional kitchen design agency, which he did—Savoy/Brown Consultants, of Baltimore.

As the equipment was being removed, much of the equipment was determined to be in significant states of disrepair, Thompson reported. While the items looked salvageable from their fronts, deterioration was discovered when they were removed from the walls, such as the walk-freezer, which had deteriorated insulation and a rotted floor.

Over the years the department kept patching broken items, but never replaced them, he said.

Thompson presented the board with a list of replacement costs for equipment items deemed no longer functional, including the old Yacht Club’s refrigerators, ice makers, sandwich preparation coolers, Vulcan stoves, convection ovens, Frymasters, steamers, food slicer, and three-compartment sinks. Thue of the items recommended for discarding totaled $215,000, according to briefing documents distributed to the board.

To keep the contract on schedule a decision would be needed from the board no later than the first week of December.

Former Yacht Club equipment items that were relocated for use at the OPA Country Club included a reach-in refrigerator, four glass-door coolers, a large mixer, and two Rinnai hot water heaters. Thue of the repurposed items totaled $47,500.

According to the documents, $30,200 worth of equipment was removed from the old Yacht Club and is being held in storage for installation in the new facility. Those items include wire shelving units, hand sinks, a water filter, ice bins, and work tables.

Thompson said he would wait for direction from the board on how to resolve the equipment issue.

The kitchen consultant’s design was approved as compatible with the layout specifications done by subcontractor AWB Engineers, he said.

Thompson said all new furniture would be used on the first floor and the existing chairs and tables would be refurbished and repurposed for use on the second floor.

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