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Fountain Head Country Club plans new clubhouse

August 01, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN

marlob@herald-mail.com

Who better to head up the building committee for the new $5.5 million clubhouse at Fountain Head Country Club than an orthopedic surgeon?

"Everybody brings their background to a volunteer job like this," said Dr. Bob Cirincione, acknowledging that the new building will be more people-friendly - as well as knee-, back- and hip-friendly - than the old building.

Most of the building will be on one floor, Cirincione said as he and others were preparing for Tuesday's groundbreaking. As a physician deeply involved in easing mobility, Cirincione said the members and guests who will be using the new building will see and feel the difference.

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While the work is under way, there will be very little inconvenience for members and guests, Cirincione said.

"There will be no downtime, as we have planned it so we will go out of the old building and right into the new," he said.

Grading will begin quickly and the new building will replace the old cement deck.

"One tennis court will be going as well, but there will still be four tennis courts in operation," Cirincione said.

The new building southeast of the existing clubhouse is expected to be completed in August 2006. A few additional months will be needed to demolish the current building and to convert that area into additional parking.

The final completion date for the project is expected to be November 2006.

The new building will offer more outdoor dining spaces, Cirincione said. The ballroom will be larger than the current one and there will be elevators where needed.

In all, the new building will be 35,000 square feet, according to Mark Litrenta, general manager of the club.

Founded in 1924, Fountain Head Country Club has been an integral part of the Washington County community, hosting many local and state golf and tennis championships, social events, and local, state and federal functions.

The club awarded the design of the new clubhouse to Atwood Architects Inc. of Charlottesville, Va., who worked closely with the club's building committee to create the clubhouse design.

Rockwell Construction Co. Inc. of Mercersburg, Pa., was the general contractor selected to build the classic-styled clubhouse reminiscent of the great clubhouses of the early 20th century.

The new clubhouse will feature an entrance gallery with a fireplace and complete banquet facilities, including a 5,300-square-foot banquet room with a capacity of 325 seats.

Other dining areas include a tap/grill dining room, a club dining room and two adjoining private dining rooms, all opening to a raised exterior deck overlooking the golf course.

Enhanced golf and tennis pro shops, full fitness amenities and a child-care area also will be featured.

In addition to Cirincione, the building committee includes Trey Alter, Ginger Fennel, Richard J. Gagliardi, Timothy W. Harner, Richard J. Hopkins, James D. Johnson Jr., Edward Masood, James G. Pierne, Ross H. Rhoads, James R. Stojak and vice chairman Richard E. McCleary.

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