Giant Miniature, Part II

The building has a “prairie style” architecture look in keeping with the original design. Natural materials were used to promote the appearance. Cedar siding, natural stone accents, prairie-style lighting on the exterior of the building, natural stone chimney, and a covered cedar tongue-and-groove decking entryway with large cedar beams, as well as the lighting, reflect the intent of the designer.

The village permit process has been the largest hurdle to jump, and has taken over eight months to complete. The storm water requirements, along with all the resulting paperwork, were cumbersome. After the village process we were ready to move forward and begin the site improvements.

The project was bid and Earth Werks of Carol Stream was the low bidder at $869,000 for the project to develop the site, which included grading, sewer/water, roadways, landscaping, underground utilities, and all of the concrete work. The water detention basins were sized and installed to handle all of the water shed for the future improvements that are planned.

At the same time the site improvements were started the construction of the building began, along with the construction of the golf course. Professional Building Services of Crete, Ill., designed the clubhouse. The clubhouse architect was Professional Building Services of Crete.

The Clubhouse was bid separately from the excavation site work. The low bidder of the Clubhouse was InterLakes Construction at a cost of $368,000.

However, along the way there were a few upgrades, which resulted in a change order, increasing the final cost to $394,503.

This was a very busy time at the site, as there were three different contractors, along with all of their subs working on the park. The site was hopping daily.

Our staff was on-site everyday several times throughout the day to check on the progress. By doing this several problems were addressed before it was too late to do so.

The district hired Patrick Engineering of Lisle, Ill., to be the project manager for the site work; it was money well spent for the amount of knowledge and supervision they provided.

The transformation from a vacant plat of land to the end product is amazing; every contractor that has worked on this project has gone above and beyond to make this a complete success!

The general contractors for the site work, along with the construction of the clubhouse and golf course began work in August of 2003; the final walk-through was completed in March 2004.

The project came to a screeching halt in November when the weather was not cooperating. The fall rains set in and the outdoor site work had to stop.

At this time the building was just about buttoned up on the outside from the elements, and the interior work was progressing.

The miniature golf course was completed except for the last phase, which was the installation of the pumps and the artificial turf installation.

The artificial turf could not be installed until all of the landscaping was completed. The district hired Fritz Landscaping of Wauconda, Ill. to install the landscaping. The cost of the landscaping just for the golf course was $128,000.

For a brief moment we thought about tackling this in-house, but chose to hire an outside firm for this enormous project. Our staff was very glad this was bid out for installation. Not only are we short handed with staff, but also by having the materials installed the district receives a guarantee on the plant material for one year; this was very enticing.

Everyone knows how busy our spring is with all of the daily maintenance work to get ready for baseball, soccer and special events it would have been impossible to handle this project adequately.

The remaining landscaping was completed in April along with the installation of the artificial turf. The building, course and landscaping turned out very nice. Moreover, everything was completed and ready for our opening date of April 15, 2004.

This is Now

The course has been open on weekends since mid April and has been a huge success so far. More than 1,800 rounds of golf have been played in just being open for a month of weekends.

The course will have weekday operations as soon as the local school is out for the summer. The party room rentals have exceeded expectations, and it’s a very popular place to have a child’s party.

The golf party package runs $10 per person (minimum of 10 people), which includes two-hour rental of the party room with tables, chairs, 18 holes of miniature golf, hot dogs and chips or pizza and a beverage.

Rentals over two hours are an additional $65 per hour. The room can also be rented for other functions at a rate of $65 per hour. The green fees are $5 during the week, and $6 on weekends for youths under the age of 13. Adult fees are $6 during the week and $7 on weekends.

As we reflect on the completed project a few things pop up… So far the building space is fairly adequate, except for a few areas.

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