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On April 21, 2018, the Woman’s Club of Wilmette held a Town Hall meeting for the Club’s members and neighbors at the first Presbyterian Church of Wilmette. We introduced Andy Tinucci of Woodhouse Tinucci Architects (WTA) as the Club’s new architect.
Mr. Tinucci talked about his firm’s focus on the restoration of historic buildings, mentioning their previous work in the Village with the Wilmette Historical Society and current work on the Park District beach house. He then reviewed our clubhouse reconstruction, both what had been previously accomplished and the new work to date. He stressed the prior construction delays were not caused by WCW.
He outlined the review process that his firm WTA and Bulley & Andrews, a construction management services firm, were taking to evaluate the current state of the clubhouse and to prepare for the continued restoration. In-depth code review, analysis of the building status, interior layout revisions, cost of completion analysis and phasing of the construction were nearing completion. He then projected a timeline for the restart of construction—fall of 2018–through to completing the exterior in early 2019.
The meeting was opened for questions from members and neighbors. Questions included: why work couldn’t start right away on the exterior; was the building structurally sound; if there were issues with the Village; when the fence could be removed; and lack of communication.
Mr. Tinucci indicated that the Village had been very responsive, but that additional time was needed to identify and resolve potential problems during the planning phase. He indicated that reconstruction was harder to do correctly than new construction, but that the building was structurally sound. He also said they would look for ways to reduce the fenced area depending on construction logistics. Both he and Edith Rowell, president of the Club, committed to improved communication.
When all questions were answered or discussed, Mr. Tinucci and Ms Rowell thanked all for attending and indicated that the next Town Hall meeting would take place in approximately three months.