Cavallo Point - The Lodge at the Golden Gate
601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker
Sausalito, CA 94965

General Contractor: Fort Baker Retreat Group LLC - Sausalito, California
Architect: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (new construction)
Architectural Resources Group (historic buildings)
Contract Value: $4,000,000.00
Year Completed: 2008

Work Performed:
This project is a mixture of turn of the century millwork within the historical buildings (eighteen) along with incorporating new state of the art resort condo style buildings (eighteen) including a new Health Spa creating a one of a kind resort nestled in the San Francisco bay just under the Golden Gate Bridge on the Sausalito side of the bay. SMI teamed with Herrero Contractors to which Herrero was responsible to remove the historical interior millwork trim, number accordingly per building and store for future re-install. Once the historical buildings had been retrofit from Army officers duplex homes into multi resort style units it was SMI's responsibility to re-install the historical trim in strict accordance of the historical society and with parks and rec. The historical millwork needed to be re-installed accurately recreating 1909 standards, during the removal process of the historical trim some of the trim could not be saved therefore it was SMI's mill that recreated nearly one hundred and fifty different historical molding profiles to accurately replicate the historical trim. SMI's field labor forces worked closely with the Historical Society, Parks and Rec and the architect's representatives for correct placement of the historical interior trim, no detail small of large went overlooked.

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Included in the Historical Buildings were three enlistment barrack buildings to which the architects took great pain creating a building where meetings can be held, a building for dining, wine tasting, cooking demonstration and a full service bar, the last building being the registration for the resort all with the charm of the turn of the century woodwork. All of the historical buildings have a magnificent view/s of the Golden Gate Bridge. The millwork material used in the converted officers buildings were primarily paint grade, very little cabinet work in these buildings, when used the new cabinets were designed, built and installed to fit the charm of the turn of the century style. Restrooms for the suites received paint grade beaded wainscot paneling with base board and chair rail. Vanities are free standing custom furniture pieces with turned legs that or one of a kind design. In the meeting building SMI mostly provided and installed beaded wainscot and misc. trim recreating the original look of the building. In the social building SMI provided wainscot paneling again matching the original millwork, misc. trim, base boards, crowns, window trim, window louvers, ceiling and wall trim at acoustical panels, service area cabinets, audio and visual cabinets, reception desk, restroom stall wood panels. Wine tasting room on the second floor have massive American Black Walnut cabinets located on the outer walls between French light windows displaying wines from around the surrounding area. Also on the second floor is a cooking demonstration room which SMI provided cabinets on the outer wall along with an island where the chef does his magic.

First floor bar and lounge, SMI provided not only all of the misc. wood trim but the bar, back bar, steel mirror frame. The back bar cabinets are made from American Black Walnut with a unique use of cold rolled steel for the top, shelf and wall cladding. The bar top is 2-1/2" thick slabs of Claro Walnut, the edges still had the trees bark on the slabs when purchased. All edges were carefully de-barked, sanded and finished exposing the beauty of the trees natural look. Registration building boasting of a one off designed registration desk. The material used on the face of this desk is wine tank redwood board and batten type constriction, the transaction tops was constructed from "flame" redwood tree slabs again 2-1/2" thick, de-barked sanded and finished exposing the beauty of the trees natural look.

In the new buildings the typical suites received paint grade interior trim, bamboo casework, paper stone tops all LEED compliant materials. The health center has a mixture of wood materials all combined to create a relaxing and comfortable environment. Vertical grain Douglas fir tongue and grooved wood ceilings, vertical grain Douglas fir trim around doors and windows, cherry wood cabinets, seating bench's in and around the fireplace and seating area. Cherry wood paneling was used at and around the stair landing. Stairs to the second floor fabricated and installed by SMI's sister company Taylor Stairs, very unique design where the treads and risers seem to float up to the second floor, all material used is a natural finished cherry. In the health center is a retail store where SMI furnished vertical brain Douglas fir display fixtures, built in benches and a juice/coffee bar.

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