The Road to Rebuilding
On a Monday in 2007, Inverness Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama, burned to the ground, creating a physical and emotional loss to its members that is hard to assess. Within two weeks, a master plan, provided by Chambers, was in place to guide the club’s owner and members on the road to rebuilding.
The loss of the club was devastating, but they quickly saw the opportunity to make something positive happen.
Working closely with club owner Bill Ochsenhirt, his staff and a members’ committee, Chambers’ Master Planning group unearthed some of the shortcomings that the old club had faced while helping to determine how new aspects of the club could work and how it could rise from the ashes financially. “The loss of the club was devastating, but they quickly saw the opportunity to make something positive happen,” said Chambers President and CEO Rick Snellinger.
Chambers’ architectural and interiors teams began the design of the new clubhouse, providing a kitchen central to all dining areas, easy access to equipment areas, a “command center” for lighting throughout the club and, of course, a state-of-the-art fire suppression sprinkler system. The aesthetics of the club reflect the gracious architecture and interiors of the sophisticated Birmingham area. Chambers responded quickly and efficiently, from establishing the path to rebuilding to the architecture, interior design, and procurement. It was a match made in adversity that has served the Inverness Country Club well.