Over the course of the last 15 years, Abonmarche has provided almost $3 million in upgrades and renovations to this 100-slip public marina. Recent marina improvements included dock replacement with composite decking, utility upgrades, dock box replacement, a new ship store and storage buildings. The new Ship Store is an approximately 1,230 square foot wood framed building with 4" split face block, asphalt shingle roof and cement siding exterior, interior finish work, plumbing, mechanical board and electrical work, and utility site work.
Interactive Fountain, Children's Museum, Outdoor Cafe, Green Features
The $20 million Silver Beach amusement area is a project that was several years in the making. Abonmarche staff were involved in the project since its inception, helping to create the site Master Plan, assisting with grant procurement and developing the design of the buildings and site. The project includes an interactive fountain, a new Silver Beach Carousel, Shadowland Ballroom, Curious Kids’ Museum annex and an old-fashioned boardwalk. The project, which is directly adjacent to Lake Michigan, also includes a commercial serving kitchen for a banquet hall and outdoor cafe.
Abonmarche conducted initial feasibility studies; created a park and marina master plan; provided surveying, architectural and landscaping services; and arranged for all permitting, including IDNR/USCOE and local approvals, for this $12 million project. The total project includes a riverwalk along Burns Waterway, fishing platforms into Burns Waterway and rest room facilities for public use. In addition to the 250-slip marina and boat launch, the park features a 6-lane boat launch facility, large parking lot, retaining walls and natural landscaping.
Abonmarche was contracted to complete a Master Plan and renovation of this facility, including the design of a 4,000 sq. ft. Boaters’ Services Building, which contains public restrooms, showers, a lounge area and a screened-in porch. The project area is adjacent to the historic Fishtown area and the building was designed architecturally to be compatible with this development. The site design integrates a complex traffic plan that can accommodate the flow of automobile traffic, trucks towing boats, as well as pedestrian traffic from downtown Leland and the adjacent Fishtown area.
This 22,000 square foot Police and Fire Station facility was designed to meet the public safety needs of the Lake and Baroda Township communities for 50 years, consolidating the fire and police departments of both townships, and has expansion capacities built-in for that time. The design features sustainable elements including a geothermal heating/cooling system. The new building was constructed across the street from the former Lake Township Fire Station, which is now used as a Medic 1 ambulance center.
In an effort to gain greater efficiency from the 15 facilities Whirlpool Corporation operates in and around the Saint Joseph/Benton Harbor area, the company announced a consolidation effort in late 2010. The center-piece of this effort is the creation of a campus in downtown Benton Harbor consisting of three- three story office buildings and an amenities building. Additionally, the design will incorporate green elements, allowing the company to seek LEED Gold certification.