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Dalton's Leadership and Communication Help Toronto Yacht Club Achieve Clubhouse Improvement Goals

Dalton has successfully completed a clubhouse revitalization program for The Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC)–a storied Toronto sailing club that was originally founded in 1852.

Guided by a strategic plan called The Cornerstone Project, RCYC selected Dalton to act as construction manager to lead a $7M effort to rebuild and renew its City Clubhouse in downtown Toronto and its Island Clubhouse on Toronto Island.

Several areas of the Club’s City Clubhouse underwent substantial upgrades, including:

  • Women’s, men’s and family change rooms
  • Dining lounge
  • Main foyer and entryway finishes
  • Pool
  • Exterior fencing and windows

Our team achieved RCYC’s schedule and budgetary goals for the project by overcoming several challenges. This included working alongside members and staff using the building’s facilities throughout renovations and coordinating work in areas that were accessible through narrow corridors and staircases.

Construction on the Island Clubhouse­–a heritage building originally built in 1922–wrapped up in mid-June; just in time for the Club’s annual opening event called Sailpast (read more in this blog post).

Improvements to the Island Clubhouse included:   

  • Enhancing the façade, including the replacement of all windows working with heritage specialists Ridley Windows and Doors
  • Revitalizing the dining room and bar
  • Adding new washrooms
  • Improving accessibility to the boat launch area

Once again, accessibility was a big challenge for our project team. The Island Clubhouse is only accessible by boat, so all team members, equipment and materials had to be transported by ferry or barge (read more in this blog post). 

Also, a severe ice storm event in mid-April caused scheduling delays that the project team had to overcome through teamwork, creativity and ingenuity in order to the project’s delivery date.

Using our Alternative Approach to Building, our project team worked closely with the private club’s CEO, Board and appointed Project Manager throughout both projects to communicate regular updates, challenges and solutions through our Definition of Success reporting system.