PDT Market

When Price Chopper Limited moved out of Market Center, it was the perfect space for a new specialty grocer, PDT Market. The fit-up was a dramatic change in the layout and feel from the more traditional grocery store it was previously. The new space is designed for all to eat, shop, and learn with specialty grocery items, a full-service bar, private events, cooking classes, gifts, flowers, and home goods. The multi-concept vision divides the store into various parts, such as florals, home goods, charcuterie, deli, produce, and the bar/lounge.

The bar itself was a group effort as Bonacio Steel custom-created the structure above the bar and installed foot rails lining the bottom. Our Woodshop team finished the bar with a 1/2 round wood and painted it blue. They also created a similar look in black that shows on the rounded corners of the bar’s overhead sign.

Our Woodshop was heavily involved in creating custom pieces for the space, including farm tables, stands for the hot and cold self-serve stations, the self-checkout and full-service point-of-sale stations, produce stands with crates, and swing doors connecting the café to the backroom. They made the long tables between the bar and display kitchen in the lounge, which were later affixed with granite tops. In the display kitchen, they made floating shelves that line the kitchen’s tiled wall and built large bi-fold doors that matched the cabinetry to cover the electric panels. Built-ins were added to the produce area, anchoring a refrigeration unit, and a disposal area was created on the opposite wall. The dark, charred-looking wood in these areas is shou sugi ban finishing. Our Woodshop made sure this finishing appears everywhere it needs to, including along the ceiling area and wrapped around the bottom of the store’s columns.

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The Lodge at Schroon Lake

A row of five chalets surrounded by green landscape. Schroon Lake can be seen just on the backside of the chalets.

Bonacio Development worked with the project owners, Sonny and Julie Bonacio, Andrea Crisafulli, and Alan Ayers, to redevelop the existing Word of Life Family Lodge and Retreat into The Schroon Lake Lodge. After watching how the COVID-19 pandemic redefined the drive-to-leisure hospitality sector, our development team saw an opportunity in the Adirondack region. Hospitality operators in the area reported record numbers of new tourists hailing from the tri-state area. Partnering with Hay Creek Hotels, a premier boutique hotel operator, further confirmed our vision for this property. Bonacio Construction renovated most of the 34-acre property, which features a 10,000 SF restaurant in the historic Brown Swan Club House, an indoor pool, a fitness center, indoor amenity space, a waterfront beach with docks, outdoor recreation space, mini golf, and playgrounds. Lodging includes over 100 guest rooms, including standard hotel rooms, suites, single-family chalets, glamping sites, and cabins. Still being renovated is the former performance venue, which Bonacio Construction is transforming into an event space/ballroom. Further phases of this project are in pre-development.

For booking, please visit the Lodge’s website.

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The Children’s Museum at Saratoga

The Children's Museum of Saratoga

When the Children’s Museum at Saratoga outgrew its original location on Caroline Street, it made a move into two floors of the Lincoln Baths in the Saratoga Spa State Park. It now occupies space that was once three original bathing wings of the historic property, making it the first major public-facing operation in the Lincoln Bathhouse since the 1990s. We demoed both floors and framed the lower level to create a new entry with a custom-made round reception desk, two activity rooms, office space, and new bathrooms. The first floor’s hallway also features linoleum flooring in various colors outlining the area once taken up by the baths. A newly installed elevator brings guests to the second floor, where we fit up the space to accommodate rebuilt and refurbished exhibits and new hands-on STEM exhibits by Peter Hyde Design. Among the exhibits is a firehouse with an interactive screen for visitors to extinguish a virtual fire, a farm where children can pick vegetables, and our favorite, a treehouse (which we just so happened to donate), where children can learn about different animals. Universal accessibility was top of mind in the design, best showcased by a calming room tucked away from the other exhibits that provides a quiet sensory space for children to decompress. Bonacio Steel also added structural steel to the second floor to support the new HVAC units on the roof.

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