John Drew Smith Tennis Center – Clubhouse Project
Over the last ten months, Macon’s John Drew Smith Tennis Center has improved its facility with a $1.2 million renovation of its clubhouse, all without interrupting its busy schedule of state and national tennis tournaments.
Stafford Builders worked closely with the tennis center staff throughout the project to limit disruptions while transforming the clubhouse into a showplace.
Parks and Recreation General Manager of Tennis Carl Hodge said, “The thing that stands out to me was the relationship we were able to have with Stafford. We were in a unique situation. Whereas most builders want the end-user completely off site, we were still hosting national and state tournaments.”
Hodge singled out Stafford’s Building Superintendent John Sears for special praise. He said that Sears “was just over-the-top, incredible and stayed on task. There was a great, mutual understanding of our needs and communication of what the contractor needed.”
The clubhouse project, funded through a voter-approved sales tax initiative, includes both new construction and renovation. The new clubhouse includes the addition of a second floor with a shaded observation deck, meeting space, offices for the Macon Tennis Association, and a new and expanded pro shop.
The goal of the project was to create a user-friendly clubhouse for the existing local clientele as well as the state and national tournaments that The John Drew Smith Tennis Center hosts. Hodge repeatedly said how pleased and satisfied he is with the project. “It’s an amazing project … all the patrons are just overwhelmed with the results.”
In 1990, the John Drew Smith Tennis Center was selected as one of the top 25 municipal tennis facilities, and in 2005 they were selected as the #1 tennis program in the country with the existing facility. With the new and renovated clubhouse that Stafford Builders constructed, Hodge proclaims, “The sky’s the limit!”