Break­ing ground at White Point

The Queens County Advance - - FEATURE - By Nick Moase

Heavy equip­ment sounds were fill­ing the air at White Point Beach Re­sort on April 12, as con­struc­tion got un­der­way for the new lodge. For those watch­ing the re­build­ing ef­forts, it truly was a “Great Day at White Point.”

White Point’s main lodge was lost in Novem­ber 2011 to a dev­as­tat­ing fire. Af­ter the fire though there was lit­tle ques­tion in owner Robert Ris­ley’s mind about re­build­ing. Work on a new de­sign started shortly af­ter, and the con­cept designs were re­leased in Fe­bru­ary.

The lodge’s open­ing is planned for early Novem­ber, in time to host part of Nova Sco­tia Mu­sic Week from Nov. 8-11.

“Like White Point­ers and the com­mu­nity, we too have been anx­iously await­ing this day,” says Ris­ley.

While the ac­tual con­struc­tion be­gan last week, Ris­ley says that there has been a tremen­dous amount of work com­pleted by both his Man­age­ment Team and the De­sign Team to get them to this point.

“Draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from our rich tra­di­tion, his­tory and con­nec­tion to our beach­side lo­ca­tion, De­sign 360 has cre­ated a de­sign that cap­tures the essence of White Point, we can’t wait to see come to life” says Ris­ley.

Melissa Cum­mings of De­sign 360 says they spent a great deal of time re­flect­ing on the tex­tures, feel and tone of the old Main Lodge to en­sure the new lodge in­te­ri­ors would be fa­mil­iar to White Point­ers while wel­com­ing to new guests.

“We’ve in­cor­po­rated nat­u­ral and re­claimed ma­te­ri­als where pos­si­ble, from the ex­posed wood to the stone fire­places, the de­sign is very rem­i­nis­cent of the old lodge” says Cum­mings.

Peter Cox, se­nior project man­ager with Lind­say Con­struc­tion, says it will be a chal­leng­ing project com­pared to oth­ers.

“It’s an ag­gres­sive sched­ule to be done by Novem­ber, no ques­tion,” he says.

Like much of Nova Sco­tia, many rocks lie just be­low the sur­face no mat­ter where you dig. The old lodge’s check-in desk sat on top of a rock about the size of a mid­sized car. Work this week will con­cen­trate on lev­el­ing the ground to pre­pare for the foun­da­tion. The ex­cess fill won’t have far to travel though. It is be­ing used to cre­ate more park­ing spa­ces in other ar­eas of the re­sort.

The de­sign of the lodge was pur­pose­fully done to keep the feel of White Point, and make sure it fits in with the re­sort. The lodge will be built with a half log de­sign, as well as ver­ti­cal board sid­ing in­side.

One of the unique fea­tures of the old lodge will re­turn as well. The beach stone fire­places were a main­stay of the re­cep­tion area, and were one of the only things left stand­ing af­ter the fire. The orig­i­nal rocks were auc­tioned off ear­lier this year to raise money for the Liver­pool Fire Depart­ment.

Two new beach stone fire­places will be part of the lodge, one com­pletely ex­posed for 20 feet go­ing up the wall. Un­like brick, which are uni­form in size and eas­ily stacked, beach stones come in all dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes. Even a pal­let of stone cre­ates chal­lenges, since it is more dif­fi­cult to trans­port the un­even shapes.

“It’s a bit of a lost art to set that and make it look proper,” he says.

How­ever he says they want it to be a great look­ing piece when fin­ished.

The con­trac­tors also have to con­tend with the fact the de­sign hasn’t been fi­nal­ized. Though the con­cepts were pre­sented in Fe­bru­ary, the finer de­tails like wiring, and plumb­ing, are still be­ing worked on.

So with this many chal­lenges, how does he plan on get­ting it built in time?

“Keep your fin­gers crossed,” he jokes.

What it re­ally takes, he says, is get­ting good peo­ple on the site that know how to push a sched­ule, and be up­front with sub-trades about the time­line they need for the project.

Lind­say Con­struc­tion is a Nova Sco­tia based com­pany that works through­out the Mar­itimes. The com­pany be­gan in 1959, and ac­cord­ing to their web­site have done over 4,000 ma­jor projects since their in­cep­tion.

The com­pany has done a wide va­ri­ety of projects, from schools and re­cre­ation fa­cil­i­ties to restau­rants and ho­tels.

Con­struc­tion of the new lodge can be seen live via the we­b­cam on­vas­co­ti­aweb, while more pho­tos of the in­te­ri­ors and a vir­tual tour of the new de­sign can be viewed from the Re­sorts web­site at www.white­

Dur­ing the con­struc­tion pe­riod, with the ex­cep­tion of the 13 Va­ca­tion Homes and Cot­tages and the Golf Course which are now open, White Point is closed with plans to re­open for year-round op­er­a­tion by Novem­ber 2012.

Nick Moase Photo

Con­struc­tion of the new lodge at White Point Beach Re­sort be­gan last week, a much an­tic­i­pated event by staff and fans of the re­sort. This rock sat un­der the re­cep­tion desk of the lodge.

A con­cept de­sign of the new in­te­rior or the lodge.

The con­cept draw­ing of the main en­trance of the lodge.

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