Cowford Chophouse Update
COWFORD CHOPHOUSE CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
December 28, 2015 – Jacksonville, Florida
Late next summer, 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 bar and lounge.
Elkins Construction LLC is providing construction services for the project. Building stabilization began in May 2015. Design Cooperative is providing all architectural services. The project is on track for completion in late summer 2016.
Since the last construction update was released in November, the following tasks have been completed:
• Interior building demolition was completed in late December. All salvageable lumber has been transported to Hugo’s Fine Furniture & Design for restoration, with plans to repurpose as much of the lumber as possible into furniture and interior finishes for the restaurant.
• The interior and damaged exterior foundations were successfully removed.
• The original vaults have been removed from the building. They are currently being stored in an off-site location while the owners determine what materials will be donated to a local nonprofit organization or restored for display in the restaurant.
• Decorative limestone pieces have been successfully removed with the historic bricks that comprised the southwest corner of the building.
With the demolition phase complete, construction teams are ready to move forward with initial construction in January 2016. Over the next four weeks, the following tasks will be visible through the exposed southwest corner:
• Helical pilings will be installed at a depth of approximately 30 feet.
• Concrete foundations will be poured for the restaurant’s stairs, elevator shaft and exterior southwest wall.
• Masonry walls will be constructed for the stairway and elevator towers.
• A doorway will be created on the east brick wall of the building, creating a new point of entry to the storefront adjacent to the restaurant, which is currently serving as the construction project’s main office. Construction teams will begin converting the space into a commercial kitchen in Q1 of 2016.
Following the completion of these tasks, installation of a new steel-frame structure will begin. This phase, expected to begin in late March, is expected to take approximately six weeks.