At AMS Contractors, Inc. we are proud when clients trust us to build multiple projects for them. In this case our client chose us to build two new Wild Wing Café restaurants, both at the same time. The projects were unique, especially because one was an upfit of an existing building and the other was a ground-up, new construction project. We also had the pleasure of working with DPR Architecture of Statesboro, Georgia on both of these projects.
The Wild Wing Cafe, Greenville, South Carolina
This Wild Wing Cafe was a fitup project combining two units of a strip mall. The mall was originally slated to become a bar and grill, but that project fell through before being completed. Demolition of interior walls—required to enlarge the space—revealed that the water lines, gas supply and electric service indicated on the drawings had not been installed.
Another issue to be solved was the design of the sewer lines. The lines in all the units were connected and ran from one end of the building to the other. In order to isolate the new restaurant's lines, a new design had to be implemented connecting them directly to the restaurant’s grease trap. By doing so, potential disruption of the other units' sewer lines was prevented.
The Magnolia Park restaurant décor boasts retro signage on rustic rough brick walls and Wild Wing Cafe signature graphics. Dining space is expansive and includes a large patio. The restaurant opened on April 21st.
Wild Wing Cafe, Gastonia, North Carolina
While construction in Greenville was underway, AMS was working on the other new Wild Wing Cafe in Gastonia. This project was located on a site occupied by an older building that had been completely removed. This building was the third to be built to a new prototype design supplied by the franchise company. With planning approval for the new building in place, work began setting the utilities and excavating for the foundations. Then the real challenges began.
First, and most urgent, was the discovery of an 8-inch water main running directly in the line of the footers. To remedy the situation, public works crews from Gastonia re-routed the main a safe distance from the new building’s foundation. This delayed the project about a month. This was doubly frustrating because the winter weather was mild and work on the foundations could have continued.
The building was designed with a steel frame and wood-framed trusses in the roof. Once the shell was up, and the HVAC systems were being installed, it was discovered that the structural members of the trusses left precious little room for the A/C unit and associated ducts. The solution was a unit with horizontal discharge rather than a down discharge to duct from the roof to the dining room supply.
With those problems resolved, everything moved ahead, more or less as planned, and a certificate of occupancy was obtained in mid-April, allowing the managers to begin crew training. Upon opening in mid-May, this Wild Wing Cafe became the ninth location in North Carolina.
The challenges of each of these projects show how problems can crop up no matter how thoroughly the planning is done, and how an experienced company and crew can overcome issues to complete the projects with a minimum of disruption to the schedule and budget.