Pease board awards bid for construction of new golf clubhouse

8/21/2009


By: Adam Leech
Date: Friday, Aug 21, 2009
Publication: Portsmouth Herald

PORTSMOUTH — The Pease Development Authority board of directors awarded the bid for the construction of a new $2 million clubhouse at the Pease Golf Course on Thursday to a Kittery, Maine, company. The new clubhouse could be open by next spring.

Pine Brook Corporation will team with DeStefano Architects and JSN Associates and Engineered Systems to build a new clubhouse at the golf course. The company’s $1.5 million design and construction bid was the lowest among nine submissions.

“We’re excited to get started,” said Lisa DeStefano, of DeStefano Architects, told the board Thursday.

The new clubhouse will be approximately 7,200 square feet, include an underground golf cart storage facility, a restaurant and bar as well as feature a geothermal heating system and upgrades to sidewalk and tent pad. The project is expected to include three golf simulators and a deck and patio.

The project will begin shortly after Labor Day and is scheduled to be open for operation by next spring, according to Pease Executive Director David Mullen.

Significant repairs were needed to the current clubhouse, including the roof, furnace and foundation. Cost to maintain the building prompted the board to begin discussing alternatives in March. Director John Bohenko, who chairs the PDA golf course committee, commended all the people who worked on the proposal for getting it done in such a short time. The committee will continue to meet once a month during construction.

“It’s an exciting project and long overdue,” said board Chairman Art Nickless Jr.

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