Coronado's 1906 Lodge Undergoes Historic Renovation

June 5, 2009

A historic renovation project has just been completed in the South Bay. The project will refresh a community and add tourism to the area.

The 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach is a new two-story 20,000-square-foot hospitality structure with an underground parking garage that was designed to keep the historic look of the structure.

The $12 million project involved adding 16,000 square feet to an existing 4,000-square-foot building and adding 17 suites, three conference rooms, a new elevator, an enclosed courtyard, Jacuzzi tubs and a swimming pool.

Erickson-Hall was the project's general contractor, with Jeff Dreyfus and Neil Higgins of Bushman Dreyfus Architects providing the design work.

The "boutique hotel," which took 13 months to complete, also has new carpentry that was done to keep the historic feel of the building. Street realignment was also completed.

What makes the project unique is the installment of new items to resemble the refurbished building's early 1900s craftsmanship.

In 2005, the former boarding house was designated as a historic building and was believed to be one of the last collaborations of local architects, William Hebberd and Irving Gill.

"The vision of the owners was to create a unique guest lodge, steeped in Coronado's history...with all the modern amenities of a boutique hotel at the beach," said Sue Gillingham, owner and project director of the 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach.

Each of the 17 guest rooms will have fireplaces, private porches and are designed to honor a significant person or place from the city's history, such as Coronado founders Elisha Babcock and H.L. Story, and the famous Tent City.

"The Lodge is located in a multifamily zone and it could have easily been the site of eight condominiums," said Dave Gillingham, managing partner of the 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach. "However, the community supported this project and we were able to invest in the past and save one of Coronado's historic gems."

He added that the 1906 Lodge is likely to receive national historic designation. If it does, it will join the Hotel Del Coronado as the second such property in Coronado.

According to Erickson-Hall, the most challenging task of the project was fitting the ducting, mechanical, plumbing, piping and electrical wires in the existing historical building walls and attic.

An interesting part of the project was the fact that Erickson-Hall took over about a year into construction.

The owners realized after construction was well under way that they needed to find a much more experienced contractor to finish this challenging project.

"Erickson-Hall agreed to take over and their team quickly resolved the many construction and planning issues stalling the project, said Gillingham. "We were delighted by the professionalism, integrity and project management expertise of Erickson-Hall and are very pleased with the results."

The Erickson-Hall project team included Mike Hall, principal; Jim Fisher, construction manager; Jess Gonzales, superintendent; Steve Evanco, project engineer; and Carol-Ann Lang, estimator.

Subcontractors include BDS Engineering Inc.; Dodd & Associates, structural engineering; Salehi & Salehi, MEP; Pacific Production Plumbing; Kinetic Electric; South Coast Waterproofing; Christian Brothers Flooring Covering; andDavid Reed Landscape Architect.