The H. Chambers Company

Clients & Work

  • Charlotte City Club
    Charlotte, North Carolina

BACKGROUND

In 2005, the Charlotte City Club membership requested opportunities for casual dining and increased private meeting space. That request was more challenging than it might seem: the club occupies the 31st and 32nd floors of a Charlotte office tower in the heart of the city, so expansion space was limited to the existing footprint.

The chandeliers and sconces
designs for the most part mimic
the surrounding forest.

OUR APPROACH

The largest space in the club was the two- story formal dining room; Chambers recommended floating an enclosed casual Grill Room into part of that room, leading to an architectural and engineering marvel that creates a dramatic space unsurpassed in the city. Chambers also created an entirely new, more functional kitchen, completed in only 10 days, and a dumb waiter system and service areas for delivering food quickly and efficiently to all dining spaces. The interiors were upgraded with custom milled cherry woods, Hawaiian granite, Axminster wool carpeting and elegant furniture, fabrics and accessories.

RESULTS

Not only is the new Grill dramatic; it also serves as the lively centerpiece of the Club, offering dining, a bar and a library. New meeting rooms create additional seating, one of which contains cellar storage where members can store their favorite bottles of wine. Within just a few months of the expansion, the Club experienced an increase in membership, meals served and net profits. Chambers worked closely with the Club, its manager John Scharer and a blue-ribbon past-presidents committee, as well as local contractors. "The team worked very hard upfront to make sure the chemistry would be good," said Robert Hickman, Chambers' Chairman of the Board. It was, and it shows.