The four-acre facility will have everything a good hotel would have and that includes a mint on the pillow. RLI owner Jennny Savage was previously in the hospitality business and it shows in her plans for this new facility.
The Three Rivers Lodge Business Developer for Domestic and International Projects Bobby Chachere said the group prefers the term “man lodge” over “man camp.” They are offering many more amenities than a typical man camp.
The finished facility will be able to hold 195 people. The underground utility lines have already been laid and next week the site will really start to take shape when the modular buildings are delivered and assembled.
Each building is a 60-foot trailer that is broken up into six 10-by-12-foot rooms. Each of those rooms has two sets of bunk beds and sleeps four people.
The rooms are meant for sleeping. The idea was to give those who wanted to sleep privacy and quiet time while those who are not tired can enjoy the lodge’s other amenities and come back to their bunk bed when they are ready.
While the rooms may be small, the amenities at the lodge are not. There is an on-site rec room that contains two dart boards, shuffle board, movie screening room, ping-pong tables and two additional TV rooms. There is also a fitness center, dining hall and a business center with computers, fax machines and printers.
The most unique feature about the lodge is that it is all inclusive. A person pays $95 a night for one’s bed and gets three full meals, laundry done, access to all amenities and a mint on one’s pillow.
Most people who would stay at the lodge would be oilfield workers and the lodge is built to accommodate those people. When they wake up in the morning, there is a full hot breakfast buffet and if they don’t like the food they can order something else. Before leaving for work, they are given a sack lunch and when they return at night, there is a hot dinner buffet and their laundry is clean and folded on their bed.
Chachere said the kitchen will be open 24 hours so people will be able to have snacks or meals prepared for them at any time. The lodge will have two separate bathhouses with individual shower stalls. There will also be separate private bathing facilities for female guests.
RLI is planning to open the lodge using its own employees who will be living in separate crew quarters but is hoping to be able to add local workforce as the lodge increases in size. The firm is currently leasing four acres on Oakville Road with the option to add up to an extra 140 acres to the lease. The current lease is for three years with the option to add another four.
Chachere said they hope to have their doors open by July 18. Everything will depend on if they are able to get all the utilities hooked up by then.
RLI has built offshore housing/catering facilities on ships but this is its first land camp built on U.S. soil. The company has other camps overseas and has also built emergency response camps all over the world.