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Cowford Chophouse Construction Update: March 2017

Construction at the Cowford Chophouse has continued on schedule since the last construction update was sent on February 23.

The following project milestones have been completed in the past five weeks:

• Mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) rough-ins have been completed at kitchens
• Steel framing for the rooftop terrace canopy has been installed.
• Sheetrock has been installed in both kitchens.
• Decorative cast stone and masonry re-installation on the southwest corner has been completed through the second floor.

In the coming weeks, the following activities and tasks will occur:

• Roof-level brickwork will be completed.
• The elevator and dumbwaiter will be installed.
• Installation of windows, frames and sashes on the second floor will be completed.
• The glass canopy for the rooftop terrace will be installed.
• First floor windows, frames and sashes will be installed.
• Epoxy flooring will be laid in the kitchens and service stairwell.
• Drywall installation will begin on the second floor exterior walls and soffits.
• Permanent power will be activated and the electrical switchgear will be set.
• Capstone installation on the parapet will begin.
• Cornice construction will continue.
• Kitchen equipment and the draft beer system will be installed.
• Interior running trim and Cypress ceiling installation will begin.
• Utility lines in the alley behind the Cowford Chophouse will be connected.
• Framing for the private dining room will begin.

Upon completion, the chophouse will feature a two-story dining room and a private dining room, as well as a rooftop terrace bar and lounge. Danis Construction is providing construction services for the project, and Design Cooperative is providing all architectural services.

 

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Cowford Chophouse Construction Update: February 2017

Construction at the Cowford Chophouse has continued on schedule since the last construction update was sent on January 17.

The following project milestones have been completed in the past five weeks:

• Re-roofing of the Holmes Building has been completed.
• Rooftop insulation has been sprayed.
• Stair pans and handrails have been installed for both stair towers.
• The new remote terminal unit (RTU), equipment rack and mechanical equipment, including air conditioners, have been installed on the roof.
• Metal stud framing and coffered soffits on the second floor passed inspection from the City of Jacksonville and are ready for drywall installation.
• All mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) rough-ins for the second floor are in place and passed inspection.
• Framing and MEP rough-ins for restrooms are in place on the first, second and third floors.
• Decorative cast stone and masonry re-installation on the southwest corner has started.
• A historic window mock-up was installed and inspected.
• Kitchen hoods have been installed on the first and second floor kitchens.
• Water, sewer and fire piping have all been connected and run to the building.

In the coming weeks, the following activities and tasks will occur:

• MEP rough-ins on the third floor will continue.
• The glass canopy for the third floor will be installed.
• Installation of roof-level brickwork will begin.
• Sheetrock installation and finishing will begin.
• Cast stone and masonry re-installation will continue on the southwest corner.
• Production of historic window components is underway; once complete, the historic windows will be re-installed.

Upon completion, the Cowford Chophouse will feature a two-story dining room, as well as a rooftop terrace bar and lounge. Danis Construction is providing construction services for the project, and Design Cooperative is providing all architectural services.

 

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Cowford Chophouse Construction Update: January 2017

Construction at the Cowford Chophouse has continued on schedule through the holidays and into the New Year.

The following tasks have been completed since the last construction update was sent on December 21:

  • The second-floor slab is in place.
  • The slab for the third-floor level has been poured.
  • Ductwork on the first-floor dining area is complete.
  • All in-slab mechanical, engineering and plumbing (MEP) rough-ins are in place.
  • All in-slab piping for second and third floors is done.
  • All structural concrete is complete, including the final pour on the roof level and several elevated decks.

In the coming weeks, the following activities and tasks will occur:

  • Re-roofing of the Holmes Building will be completed.
  • MEP rough-ins on the second and third floors will continue.
  • Stairs will be set in place.
  • A new remote terminal unit (RTU), equipment rack and mechanical equipment (such as air conditioners) will be installed.
  • Utility work will begin in the alleyway for water, sewer and fire piping.
  • Decorative cast stone and masonry re-installation on the southwest corner will start.
  • Construction on the main roof will begin. Installation of masonry and capstone will occur during the roofing process.
  • Soffits on the second-floor dining room will be laid out.
  • Kitchen hoods will be installed.

Upon completion, the chophouse will feature a two-story dining room, as well as a rooftop terrace bar and lounge. Danis Construction is providing the construction services for the project, and Design Cooperative is providing all architectural services.

 

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Looking Back: Cowford Chophouse Topping Off Ceremony

Driving past the Cowford Chophouse, you might think we decorated for Christmas with a small evergreen tree on our roof. However, the lofty pine is not our homage to the holidays; instead, it is part of an ancient construction tradition that we practiced last month during our Topping Off Ceremony.

For centuries, construction teams from Europe and North America have placed a pine tree at the highest point of a building, once its highest beam was installed. The tradition originated from multiple cultures over the course of history.

Some attribute the tradition to the Native Americans, who believed that no building should be constructed higher than the tree line. Other people have attributed the tradition to pre-Dark Ages Scandinavia, where trees were placed on buildings to appease the spirits disturbed during construction projects. Many modern construction companies maintain this practice to honor the workers who have finished the most difficult and dangerous part of any construction project.

Whatever the root of the tradition, we wanted to celebrate with our hard-working team and supporters. On November 18, news teams, our construction crew, several representatives from our team of subcontractors, and avid fans of the Cowford Chophouse project joined us for a formal celebration as we signed a steel beam to be placed at the top of the building and unveiled a ceremonial evergreen tree on the roof.

Owner of the Chophouse, Jacques Klempf, said he likes to think our evergreen is breathing life into a building that sat dead for too many years. Similarly, as our construction team completes more phases of this project, we can see our iconic building breathing life into the Jacksonville’s Downtown neighborhood.

To see more photos and footage from the Topping Off Ceremony, check out WJCT News, WOKV, the Jacksonville Business Journal, the Financial News & Daily Record, WJXT The Local Station, First Coast News, and Action News.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this momentous occasion!

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The traditional evergreen tree and American flag

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Jacques Klempf, owner of the Cowford Chophouse, welcomes the crowd.

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Members of the Cowford Chophouse team gathered with community supporters to celebrate the Topping Off Ceremony.

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Jacques Klempf, owner of the Cowford Chophouse, signs the ceremonial steel beam.

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Gary Haliko, Senior Superintendent for Danis, signs the ceremonial steel beam.

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Representatives from several Northeast Florida media outlets gathered to document the occasion.

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Tony Suttles, Vice President of Danis, shares how various cultures interpret the Topping Off Ceremony as Aundra Wallace, CEO of the Downtown Investment Authority, and Dr. Charles Moreland, Director of Community Affairs for the City of Jacksonville, look on.

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Cowford Chophouse Construction Update: December 2016

Following last month’s Topping Off Ceremony, which recognized the installation of the highest piece of steel, construction at the Cowford Chophouse continued on schedule through the end of November and early December.

The following tasks have been completed since the last construction update was sent on November 18:

• The first-floor concrete slab has been poured for both levels of the kitchen and dining room.
• First- and second-floor kitchens have been framed.
• Mechanical, engineering and plumbing (MEP) rough-ins for both kitchens (first and second floor) have passed inspection.
• All stainless steel ductwork for the kitchen hoods has been installed and inspected.
• The southwest corner of the building is complete, other than decorative masonry and cast stone.
• Exterior waterproofing is complete at grade level. Framing has begun on the soffits in the first-floor dining area.
• Ductwork, fire sprinkler piping and electricity are in the process of being installed in the first-floor dining area.
• All MEP for the first-floor bar is complete, and is now being roughed-in.

In the coming weeks, re-roofing of the Holmes Building will continue; installation of structural steel will be completed, including steel surrounding the building’s staircases; the slab for the second-floor dining room will be poured; the grout system on top of wood trusses for the second-floor kitchen will be completed; interior waterproofing will begin; hoods will be set for the first- and second-floor kitchens; and installation of the historic windows, masonry and cast stone will begin.

Upon completion, the chophouse will feature a two-story dining room, as well as a rooftop terrace bar and lounge. Danis Construction is providing the construction services for the project, and Design Cooperative is providing all architectural services.

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Cowford Chophouse Construction Update: November 2016

Installation of the highest beam was recognized with traditional topping off ceremony

November 18, 2016 – Jacksonville, Fla. – Today, Cowford Chophouse owner Jacques Klempf, Danis Construction and the Downtown Investment Authority held a topping off ceremony at the Cowford Chophouse, which is slated to open next year at 101 East Bay Street in Jacksonville’s Downtown neighborhood. The ceremony celebrated the installation of the highest piece of steel, a major milestone in the building’s construction.

“We appreciate the community’s support for this project. Reaching this milestone has bolstered our enthusiasm to complete this project. We are grateful to Danis Construction, the Downtown Investment Authority, Design Cooperative and all of the contractors who have helped us so far,” said Klempf.

Construction at the Cowford Chophouse continued on schedule through October and early November, with the exception of a two-day pause for Hurricane Matthew on October 6 and 7. The following tasks have been completed since the last construction update was sent on September 28:

  • Structural steel installation is approximately 80 percent complete.
  • All floor levels are set.
  • Approximately 80 percent of roof steel is set. This progress includes the highest steel beam (installed at a height of 51 feet and eight inches), which was recognized during the topping off ceremony.
  • The second-floor kitchen is completely framed and all mechanical, engineering and plumbing (MEP) is roughed in.
  • Framing for exterior masonry walls has been poured and construction has begun.
  • Window arch concrete beams on the first and second levels passed inspection by the City of Jacksonville’s Building Inspection Division and a structural engineer.
  • The southwest corner at 101 E. Bay Street is being brought up to steel elevation, and the remaining pieces of steel are being attached.
  • Brickwork in the alley behind 101 E. Bay Street is complete.

In the coming weeks, bricks from the historic exterior walls will continue to be cleaned, detailed, and re-installed at the southwest corner. Additionally, second-floor kitchen slabs will be finalized; construction will continue on the third floor with masonry and cast-in-place concrete; poured concrete window arch fabrication and roofing for the kitchens will be completed; and final structural steel will be installed.

Upon completion, the chophouse and raw bar will feature a two-story dining room, as well as a rooftop terrace bar and lounge. Danis Construction is providing the construction services for the project, and Design Cooperative is providing all architectural services.

For behind-the-scenes progress photos, follow the Cowford Chophouse on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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About Forking Amazing Restaurants

Forking Amazing Restaurants is an independent restaurant group based in Jacksonville, Florida, which comprises Ovinte, Bistro Aix, Il Desco and the Cowford Chophouse (currently under construction). To learn more about the FAR group, visit forkingamazingrestaurants.com.

Press Contacts

Natalie DeYoung
natalie@wingardcreative.com

Lena Oakley
lena@wingardcreative.com

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Get ready to MOO-VE IT!

Calling all runners! Registration is now open for the inaugural MOO-VE IT 5K and one-mile fun run, scheduled for March 4, 2017. Sign up at 1stplacesports.com/mooveit.

This exciting event will take runners on a tour of recent development in Downtown Jacksonville. The course will begin and end at the Cowford Chophouse, taking participants down Bay Street to EverBank Field and back. After the race, we invite all runners to join us for a block party with live music, delicious food from the Cowford Chophouse’s sister restaurants (Ovinté, Bistro Aix, and Il Desco), and beer to toast their participation in the race.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the North Florida School of Special Education, an incredible school that improves the lives of students with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities through the achievement of academic, vocational, and social skills. Funds raised from the MOO-VE IT 5K will support the school’s physical education department and running team.

The North Florida School of Special Education’s running team and many staff members will participate in the MOO-VE IT 5K. Runners will have the opportunity to run the 5K with a NFSSE student; participants can note their interest in being matched with a student runner on the online registration form.

Ready to run? Here are all the details:

  • Date: March 4, 2017
  • Time: One-mile run starts at 9:30 a.m.; 5K starts at 10 a.m.
  • Registration fees: $15 for one-mile fun run (fixed price); $25 for 5K through February 25 (price increases to $30 February 26 — March 3, and $35 the day of the race)
  • Perks: All participants will receive a T-shirt, medal, race bag with specialty items, and admission to the post-race block party

Sponsorship opportunities are available! To learn more about partnering with the Cowford Chophouse to reach an active and engaged group of Jacksonville residents, including valuable opportunities to enhance your company’s visibility during the holiday season, email Nicole White at nwhite@cowfordchophouse.com.

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Cowford Chophouse Construction Update: September 2016

Jacksonville, Fla. – Next year, Jacksonville-based Forking Amazing Restaurants will open the Cowford Chophouse at 101 East Bay Street in Jacksonville’s Downtown neighborhood. The chophouse and raw bar will feature a two-story dining room, as well as a rooftop terrace bar and lounge. Danis Construction is providing construction services for the project. Design Cooperative is providing all architectural services.

Construction at the Cowford Chophouse continued with no interruptions since the last construction update was sent on August 19. The following tasks were completed since then:

  • The Cowford Chophouse received its Certificate of Appropriateness for a street canopy on August 24.
  • The City of Jacksonville issued a $6.42 million building permit for 5,876 square feet of enclosed space and 2,968 square feet of unenclosed space. The permit was approved at a September 8 Planning Commission meeting.
  • Wood and metal stud framing between 107 and 109 E. Bay Street was completed.
  • Plumbing, rough-in and underground work at 107 E. Bay Street was finalized.
  • Chases were installed near the planned bar area to accommodate future electrical work.
  • Initial bids were collected for fire, mechanical and electrical subcontractors; contracts have been finalized and awarded.
  • Structural support column installation continued according to schedule, with installation expected to finish in November.

In the coming weeks, electrical, plumbing and mechanical rough-in will continue at 101 E. Bay Street; floor slabs will be poured for the first and second-floor kitchens; and wood framing for the second-floor kitchen will begin.

For behind-the-scenes progress photos, follow the Cowford Chophouse on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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About Forking Amazing Restaurants:

Forking Amazing Restaurants is an independent restaurant group based in Jacksonville, Florida, which comprises Ovinté, Bistro Aix, Il Desco and the Cowford Chophouse (currently under construction). To learn more about the FAR group, visit forkingamazingrestaurants.com.

Press Contact:

Natalie DeYoung
904-387-2570
natalie@wingardcreative.com

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Fire Up the Grill: Tailgating Tips from Executive Chef Ian Lynch

Cooler weather and tailgates go hand-in-hand. There’s no better way to kick-off a game than with a sizzling steak, or elevate an average game day spread with expertly grilled chicken, pork, or fish. This time next year, we plan on being your go-to destination for pre-game meals and post-game celebrations. Until then, our Executive Chef, Ian Lynch, has put together a few grilling tips to raise the bar for your next tailgate.

It needs to be hot, hot, hot

“Heat up your grill for at least 20-25 minutes to make sure the grates are nice and hot. This also kills any bacteria and ensures a nicer sear on your protein. I recommend you start cooking when the temperature is around 400-450 degrees.

I set up my charcoal and/or wood briquettes in a pyramid, and then I use a butane torch to start them. If possible, I recommend avoiding lighter fluids. It can leave an undesirable flavor on the protein and unhealthy chemicals that you don’t want to eat.”

Great meat starts with the grill

“Once the grill is hot, brush it off with a grill brush. A good trick is to use a balled up piece of heavy-duty foil to clean the grill.

Oil your grill up. At the Cowford Chophouse’s sister restaurants, we use a rolled-up kitchen towel that is tied tightly and soaked in oil to brush the grill every time we put on a protein. This way, nothing sticks and it keeps the meat from being too oily.

Flare-ups can affect the protein. I recommend keeping a squirt bottle filled with water handy in case any flames get out of hand. When the meat is kissed by the flames, it adds an undesirable taste.”

Take care of your meat:

“Pull your proteins out 20-30 minutes before grilling, and let the protein rest until it comes up to room temperature. This technique will help ‘relax’ the meat and improve its tenderness.

Marinate your meat! Tougher cuts of meat should marinate overnight to help break them down, which will enhance the flavor and make the protein tender.

After removing the meat from the grill, it’s important to let your protein rest for about five minutes before cutting.” 

Add some unexpected flavor:

“I prefer grilling over wood or charcoal. Try adding oak, pecan, or other types of wood chips to your flame. It adds a subtle smoke flavor to the proteins.”

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Meet the Team: Danis Construction

Behind every great building, there’s an even greater team of designers, engineers, architects and contractors collaborating toward a common goal. The Cowford Chophouse is no exception.

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If you drive past the Cowford Chophouse site, you’ll notice the Danis logo emblazoned across fence signs, work vests, and hard hats. Look familiar? The Danis name has been synonymous with Downtown development for several years. From the newly renovated Jessie Ball duPont Center, to the law offices of Farah & Farah, and even the Daily’s Place at EverBank Field practice facility and covered amphitheater (which broke ground in August 2016), Danis has played a role in some of the most significant projects in recent Downtown history.

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“We’re honored to have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the growth of Downtown Jacksonville,” said Steve Betz, President of Danis. “The Cowford Chophouse building is a local landmark, and we’re honored to work alongside Jacques Klempf and the whole Forking Amazing Restaurants team to bring it back to life.”

The Cowford Chophouse isn’t the first time Danis and Forking Amazing Restaurants have worked together. In 2015, Forking Amazing Restaurants contracted Danis to complete the renovation of Il Desco, a modern Italian restaurant located in a historic building at the corner of Park and King Streets in Jacksonville’s Riverside neighborhood.

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“Danis jumped right in and understood our vision for Il Desco from our first meeting,” said Jacques Klempf, co-founder of Forking Amazing Restaurants. “We’re thrilled to work with the Danis team again for the Cowford Chophouse.”

Danis started in 1916 in Dayton, Ohio. The founder, B.G. Danis, Sr., believed in hiring hardworking, creative individuals to bring his clients’ visions to life. That philosophy has carried Danis through 100 years of growth, including expansions to Columbis, Cincinnati, Raleigh, and Jacksonville. We look forward to seeing the Cowford Chophouse become part of Danis’ portfolio of successful projects.

Welcome to the team, Danis!

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