Utility relocation is underway at Farmington Country Club. These utilities are vital to the operation of the clubhouse, which continues to serve club members and guests. Farmington asked Martin Horn to manage the relocation in preparation for a newly-expanded kitchen area, added storage, locker room and bathroom addition. The club’s commercial kitchen receives 35-40 deliveries each day. Our team is working diligently to maintain this flow of supplies from vendors to Farmington staff throughout the excavation.

The main building (dating back to 1780) welcomed the addition of an east wing in 1803, designed by Thomas Jefferson. The building has since received a third addition which was constructed in the 1920s.

“This site has been an exciting challenge. We were surprised to uncover a considerable amount of abandoned infrastructure, some of which dated back to the 1700s,” explained Superintendent, Mike Rabinowitz.

For ease of excavation and to ensure the club continues to run smoothly, we installed a temporary fire line across the length of the building. We are also moving the transformer, which serves the switch gears for main electrical service. This includes running 2 new sets of 8 conduits underground. The site will also receive a new generator, CT cabinets and Automatic Transfer Switches capable of powering the entire club.

“Some days I feel like an archeologist. We’ve come across unmarked pipe, an abandoned steam vault and remnants of old foundations. This site has gone from a coal-powered steam system to an oil heat system and now includes a central chilling system. We’re currently removing abandoned pipes and tanks which were buried where the new foundation will be,” said Rabinowitz.

Centuries of improvements have afforded Farmington guests the best of modern convenience while continuing to highlight the clubs history and fine example of colonial architecture.

We are glad to be part of this process and expect to finish by January 1st.