NARRAGANSETT- The North Beach Clubhouse has been the place for residents to have parties for years. Today, the clubhouse facing the ocean is being renovated for the future.
Keith Lescarbeau, the lead contractor and owner of Abcore Restoration, is finishing the complete overhaul of the North Beach Clubhouse. The project has taken only five weeks from planning to the end of construction, a time frame which is not often possible.
“[This project] was a really good group effort. I got together with Barry Fontaine from Parks and Recreation and we talked about how to derive our own plans,” said Lescarbeau. “Towns notoriously spend a lot of money on planning from outside firms. We’ve spent zero.”
The clubhouse was built under a concept of ‘adapt and reuse.’ Lescarbeau and his restoration company have remodeled the exterior framework, yet the superstructure of the previous building remains. The original pilings still support the new building above, saving time and money.
“The South Beach Pavilion cost 1.5 million just to install the piling structure. It could cost two-third’s of a project [to construct pilings], and you haven’t even put up the building,” said Lescarbeau.
The clubhouse has also been built more ‘green’ than the previous structure. 10,000 feet of verandah composite decking, made entirely of recycled plastics, was used to build the stairway, handicapped accessible ramp, and the outdoor deck at the rear of the clubhouse. The trim of the building is made of PVC, and all of the fasteners are stainless steel. Lescarbeau knows that he has built a sound structure.
“[This building] is sturdy, long-lasting, and completely maintenance free,” he said.
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