The first half of the year comes to a close this month and it is an exciting time at the American Club. Remodeling efforts on a significant portion of the club are underway. Many Members will scatter around the world for summer holidays as children get a well-deserved break from school. Others will enjoy the many activities at the club or simply lounging in the sun by the pool. We look forward to seeing you all at the club when you are not off traveling.
RENOVATION ON TRACK
I am happy to report we are on schedule for the Sigis, Miami Room and playroom/nursery renovation project.The construction tendering process is completed and we are pleased with our chosen vendor – DCD. The company has an impressive portfolio (including restaurants and common areas for Le Meridian and Sheraton) and management, the board of governors and the selection committee felt most confident with them. I personally would like to thank the board, management and club Members who participated in the entire process – from design to construction tendering. We changed the tendering process from past projects in an effort to provide quality at a better price for club Members. It meant a lot more work for many involved but after initial bids of NT$40 to NT$70 million (total of 11 bidders), we engaged a quality contractor with a final negotiated price of NT$36 million; well under our original budget of NT$49 million! Special thanks go out to GM Todd Bretzlaff, Engineering Director Lin Chi Wen, Purchasing Manager Peter Hu and House Committee Chair Dennis Yung.
SWIMMING POOL TEMPERATURES
The board is considering options to install a swimming pool cooling system. Last year’s AGM approved budget included money for a system to keep the water temperature cooler in summer and set our club apart by providing high quality recreational facilities for Members. Investigations into appropriate systems showed a significantly higher cost to achieve desired temperatures. The board will continue to look into appropriate
remedies. In the meantime, club management will increase their efforts to keep the water temperature down in the summer through more vigorous management of current procedures.
FOOD MENU REVIEW
With our new F&B Director Ralf Dohmeier on board the club is looking into food menu review. We will leverage Ralf’s expertise as a previous executive chef at Grand Hyatt to guide us in improvements. Do provide your suggestions to the club or Ralf when you see him around the Club.
Members will certainly hear and see the work that goes into a big remodeling project as the one about to begin. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience to you and your family as you enjoy the club this summer. Management is working closely with the design and construction firms to help lessen the impact on Members. We are all excited about the renovations and believe Members will be pleased with the final results. Hope
you all have a nice start to your summer.