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Parr Club patio project to address foundation, drainage issues

By Robert Goetz | 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs | July 7, 2017

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — A repair and renovation project is on the horizon for the patio at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph’s Parr Club, one of the original structures at the JBSA location.

The $900,000 project, which is pending final approval of construction documents by the 502nd Civil Engineer Squadron, will address damage to the patio caused by age and the elements by preventing the further degradation of the patio’s foundation and allowing for proper drainage away from the foundation.

Gail Gabrysh, 502nd CES architect, said the extensive project will include lifting and stabilizing the patio slab, replacing the terrazzo and repairing the patio’s fountain. It will also include safety measures.

“The patio and sidewalks will be leveled, alleviating trip hazards,” she said. “New ramps and handrails will be provided, and new handrails will be installed on the stairs from the second floor to the patio.”

Other highlights of the project will include installation of a new nonslip surface, waterproofing of a majority of the foundation wall, installation of a clay cap to curtail the migration of water into the basement, refinishing the post light fixtures, repairing the patio’s half walls and replacing the sidewalks adjacent to the building.

“The wood ramp at the back door to the patio will be demolished and replaced with a concrete and terrazzo handicapped-accessible ramp,” Gabrysh said. “On the north side of the patio, the wood ramp will be removed and replaced with a concrete and terrazzo ramp from the patio to the sidewalk.”

Because the Parr Club is a historic building, repairs will be in kind to the existing patio, she said.

Repair and renovation of the patio is not the only project planned for the Parr Club. A stair lift will be installed to provide access to the Auger Inn, which is open on Fridays.

“There is no elevator for our elderly clientele, so this will benefit them,” said Cynthia Bernsteen, Parr Club operations manager.

The Parr Club, which was honored as Air Education and Training Command’s best club in 2007 and 2009, operates seven days a week and offers lunch as well as four party rooms, a large ballroom, two lounges and the patio. The club also provides catering for events such as retirements, promotions and conferences.

The patio is used for the club’s deck night, member and customer appreciation events, weddings and other activities.