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Commercial Space Build-Out for Rita’s Italian Ice and Frozen Custard

The Project : When the franchisee found an ideal location to open his Rita’s Italian Ice and Frozen Custard stand and spread Rita’s “Ice – Custard – Happiness” in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the owner negotiated a cost plus contract with a difficult deadline with Edgewater Construction. Edgewater committed to expeditiously complete this build-out to ensure the owner could open the doors to this new business in time to capitalize on a busy tourist season at the beach.

Edgewater began by removing existing walls, electrical and mechanical systems. To convert this former retail space into a walk-up food service, we constructed new walls with drywall covered by Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) panels to create attractive, sanitary walls that were stylish, moisture resistant and easy to clean and installed two new front customer access windows for walk-up service. Edgewater mounted a new ceiling grid system and installed all new flooring, cabinets and countertops. To meet the demands of refrigerators, freezers, food prep equipment, custard machines, etc. Edgewater ran new upgraded plumbing and electrical systems throughout to account for machine layout. Additionally, Edgewater installed a new HVAC system with roof curbing. This location serves both walk up and counter purchases; requiring we create an ADA restroom.

The Challenge : Execute this contract in a compressed schedule to open for service at the beginning of the tourist season at the beach.

Value Added : Edgewater called upon their hospitality/food service expertise to efficiently complete this build-out in the owner’s compact schedule.

Client : Myan Ice, LLC
Location : Virginia Beach, VA

James Collins, P.E., LEED GA
President

Email:

jcollins@edgewaterconst.com

Phone:

757.410.3166

Joined the Edgewater Team:

Jim is the President of Edgewater and started the company in 2006.

Background:

Jim Collins, a licensed civil engineer, has over 25 years of experience. Active duty in the US Navy prepared Jim to excel in vertical construction operations, estimating, project management, and contract administration around world for the Seabees and the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps. Jim retired from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) where he gained construction experience from an owners’ point of view as a contracting officer. His vast experience prepared him to drive military construction projects through conceptual, design, and construction phases.

Education/Training:
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge MA - Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Virginia Tech Blacksburg VA - Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering
Affiliations:
  • Registered Professional Engineer
  • Commonwealth of Virginia Certified LEED Green
  • Society of American Military Engineers
  • U.S. Green Building Council
Richard Marano
Vice President

Email:

rmarano@edgewaterconst.com

Phone:

757.410.3166

Joined the Edgewater Team:

Vice President of Edgewater Construction Services in 2006.

Background:

Rich Marano is a civil engineering graduate of the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology who combined his degree in construction technology and took a different path, moving directly into the construction field. His career has upwardly traversed from assistant project manager to project manager to Vice President of Edgewater Construction Services in 2006. Rich’s resume shows achievements in Virginia, New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Connecticut, Maine and Vermont in design-bid-build, design-build, construction management and general contracting. His experience in facility renovations and additions and new construction reached its highest point when Rich was assigned as Senior Project Manager for the Armada Hoffler Tower in Virginia Beach. This $86M project spanned 2 years and 13 floors (255,000 sq. ft.) of Class A office space, 300,000 sq. ft. of retail space and an adjoining a 22 floor 9 level cast-in-place parking garage with 1871 stalls.

Education/Training:
  • Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester NY – Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering
  • Suffolk County Community College Long Island NY - Associates in Construction Technology