Sundara Spa Renovation- Project of Distinction
Sundara Inn & Spa is a world-class destination devoted to wellness and relaxation. Wellness is Sundara’s mission in everything they do. Opened in 2003, Sundara has been extremely successful, receiving numerous awards. Ready to begin a new chapter, they did an expansion and renovation to existing spaces. The renovation was completed in November 2018.
The renovation enhances Sundara’s already exceptional amenities and services by updating the existing treatment and relaxation rooms, updated restrooms and locker rooms, and remodel the existing bathrooms in the suites.
Sundara remained in operation throughout construction. There was no room for schedule delays. Holtz Builders, Inc completed the renovation on time, with limited work hours often required to maintain the relaxing and tranquil environment for each guest. The renovation of the existing suite bathrooms was completed two months ahead of schedule allowing Sundara to book these rooms for overnight guests sooner than planned.
Remaining in operation throughout construction created a unique environment on the Holtz Builders’ construction site. Maintaining the quiet, peaceful oasis for guests was challenging, and often required late starts and early end times, threatening the already tight schedule. Overnight hours were also scheduled in areas that would not disturb guests. All materials needed for the renovation had to be carried in by hand. The bathroom remodels required materials to be carried up three flights of stairs. We also had to wheel barrow concrete through the front lobby to complete the tubs in the treatment rooms, making sure no damage was done to existing finished spaces.
Cleanliness on the site and at construction entrances also helped minimize the visual impact on guests. A close partnership with the owner was essential to ensure the success of the project in the limited time frame while minimizing the impact on the guests. Sundara even reported a surprising increase in guests during construction.
Further challenging the strict deadline, there were many plan revisions to the renovation. A few of the revisions required completed work to be altered. Each revision added to the scope of work and the time needed to complete the project. Holtz Builders’ ability to prepare for each revision ahead of time to prevent rework, minimized the impact on the schedule. Despite the additional work, there was no room to vary from the scheduled completion date. Rooms and appointments were booked in the addition before the project was completed. Any variation from the scheduled completion date would have caused a significant negative impact on the customer and guests, something at the forefront of our minds throughout the entire construction process.
As Sundara has grown and expanded, different designers were involved in different areas of the expansion and additions. This created a unique challenge in making sure the design of the remodel was compatible with the other areas including the recently completed addition. Some of these challenges were overcome through the addition of a spa coordinator who oversaw changes to electrical, casework, and other finishes. HVAC changes were also overcome to fit the different environments to different areas of the spa.
The outstanding architectural details and finishes required exceptional skill and workmanship from many on the project. There was detailed tile and wood work. Curved surfaces in the ceiling, woodwork, and walls challenged multiple subcontractors but enhanced the beauty of the renovation. The Holtz Builders construction team was very privileged to be involved in the renovation of this world-class destination.