Waterfront Residence, Greenwich, CT


A waterfront property on Long Island Sound was acquired by the client. The purchase included approved architectural plans. The owner was unable to contract with the original architect for the construction phase and hired Chandler to develop and manage a program to construct the project. 


An architect was selected to provide interpretation of the plans and for site inspection at weekly project meetings. A contract was negotiated with a contractor selected by the Owner. Additional consultants hired by the owner: surveyor, soils engineer, marine engineer, piling contractor, structural engineer, MEP engineer and AV/IT designer/vendor. 


The site was in the flood plain and under US Army Corp of Engineers jurisdiction. Strict adherence to FEMA guidelines was mandatory. Other state and local approvals had to be secured. All grade level structures had to meet hurricane standards for foundations and support structure with breakaway enclosure walls. Extensive piling was required with pile caps tied together with structural grade beams. The waterside of the site was bordered by an old stone bulkhead wall. 

The site development was carefully orchestrated for elaborate testing. The stone bulkhead was tested and examined for structural integrity. Points of concern were marked and plotted. This work was coordinated with the soils testing and with vibration monitoring during pile driving. All foundation work was precisely surveyed and plotted before and after installation including elevations. Rebar placement and documentation was inspected. All structural steel and connections were documented, inspected, and surveyed three dimensionally and certified. Any error in construction layout or missed step in the approval process could have halted the project. 

The house was contemporary in design on a narrow site. The interior was multi-level and open with two and three story angular spaces and exposed structure. Design details had not been developed for many situations, both interior and exterior. Roof intersections were a particular concern for weather integrity. Much equipment and fixtures had not been specified or located. Considerable design interpretation was required throughout the job particularly for the finishes.

Project Type  -   Residential
Location  -   Greenwich, CT

Project Management

  • Chandler organized, coordinated and managed the entire program of technical expertise and work that had to be meticulously executed for a successful outcome.
  • Management included the coordination and securing of all required inspections, sign offs and permitting.
  • The Owner was informed throughout the process with CPM scheduling, budgets, minutes from weekly meetings and sub meetings, on-site oversight and with action lists.