Clubhouse Area Master Plan (CAMP)
CAMP Site Plan


“We lose our capacity to have visions if we do not take steps to realize them.”
                                                                                              ~ Robert Collier


By Gary Hannon
ACLPOA Treasurer 
FM Member

Let me first say that all information is subject to change as we go forward with the Clubhouse Area Master Plan. It is the most accurate information we have as of this writing on 12/1/19.  If you keep up with the Apple Core and read the AD (architectural and design) and FM (finance and marketing) commission minutes, along with BOD minutes, you know that we have entered into an agreement with Farnsworth architects for construction and design documents, interviewed and hired a construction management firm (Cord), and continue discussing the details of building design with the AD commission members. When the project was put on hold during 2018, it enabled the teams to do due diligence in exploring options, work up projected costs, and hear member feedback. We are now moving forward and want to be very transparent on all aspects of the project, so expect periodic updates. You are also aware that the project consists of two buildings and will be phased. The first being the administration building up on or near the two mounds out front. The second phase will be the event center (clubhouse), to be rebuilt in its current location. We hope to start construction of the Administration building in early summer of 2020 with phase two start date still to be determined. The finances are still being worked out but with our Capital accumulation plan we should be able to take a loan out for under one million (for phase one) and pay it off in three years. That is very exciting!   

So stay tuned, get involved with any of the related commissions, and continue reading the Apple Core articles and commission meeting minutes. It is our intent to have all CAMP related information posted on the Apple Canyon Lake website! Know the facts. We’ll get more into the projected costs as we get better numbers from the contractors. We hope you can get excited as much as we are with the future of ACL. If there are any specific questions or information you want to see in the Apple Core, email GM Shaun Nordlie at        

Thanks for reading,

Gary Hannon, ACLPOA treasurer and FM member.        

By Joe Wiener
Chair, Clubhouse Area Master Plan Architecture & Design
ACLPOA Building Inspector

The CAMP Architecture and Design Ad Hoc Commission have finished the Schematic Design phase for the Office Building, the Community Event Center and the Parking Lot. The project is in keeping with the ACL Master Plan. Our administrative and event requirements and goals have been examined and confirmed. We have seen rough drawings of site plans, floor plans, elevations, illustrative sketches, and computer renderings. The most satisfactory ideas addressing the project requirements and budget have been chosen. Two large construction companies have provided initial cost estimations based on total project size and complexity. A Project Review Workshop has been held with the ACL Board of Directors with positive results and unanimous confirmation. We have a plan and are moving forward.

We have begun Design Development. All design decisions are completed during this phase in order to prepare the subsequent construction documents. During the Design Development Phase, the project design is further refined. Design Development gives us a more detailed site plan as well as floor plans, inside and outside elevations and section drawings with full dimensions. This phase involves finalizing the aesthetic design and specifying such items as materials, window and door locations and general structural details. Plan arrangements, specific space accommodations, equipment and furnishings, building design, materials and colors, and complete definitions of all systems serving the project are developed. The buildings come together. The mechanical and electrical systems to serve the building are chosen during this period. Floor plans will show duct layouts, equipment locations, and typical heating and cooling devices. Equipment schedules with tentative sizes, capacities, features are designed. Mechanical-room drawings, showing locations and sizes of fans, pumps are drawn. The HVAC loads are calculated. Accessibility to all equipment and devices is confirmed. The outline specifications are expanded upon detailing design intent. Code compliance will be reviewed. And more. The Design Development Phase will be completed within a couple of months. The DD documents will be submitted to the Board of Directors before moving forward to the construction contract documents phase.

The Professional Services Team has grown. The Board of Directors responded favorably to the Commission’s request for hiring a Construction Management company. Our Construction Manager will have several jobs during the Design Development Phase. The first will be to review the documents and prepare a statement of the project’s probable construction cost. The documents will also be reviewed for any constructability issues. The Construction Manager will prepare a construction schedule to help us keep on track. The Architects and Engineers will work closely with the Construction Manager and ACL to produce the documents needed to meet our program, within budget in a timely manner.

What is next? Looking forward, the Construction Manager will help the design team prepare bid documents, bid the project and hold the trade contracts on behalf of ACLPOA. The Construction Manager will also provide full-time supervision of the construction for us once we reach that stage. Construction Phase One will include a new septic system for the Pool, Clubhouse and new Administrative Building; the new Administrative Building; an improved central parking lot for these amenities.


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I own three lots in ACL as we wished to have spacious and a sufficient green space surrounding our home a friendly buffer for our neighbors and us to enable and continue to maintain what brought us to ACL in the first place, the appeal and feeling of being in the woods and surrounded by nature. 

So with that being said, and as one of our primary concerns, I would like to express our support for the new club house facilities as well as supporting and hope to see in the future, expansion of the trail system to include access to other areas throughout ACL, adding another nine holes to our golf course is paramount and hopefully a providing a great fitness center as well.  

As property owners of three lots and looking at three dues increases, we still support the expansion, now being honest it would be nice for those of us to get some form of financial relief or discount related to future dues increases. 

Most importantly having a modern spacious and accommodating club house and supporting facilities improves our property values, increases our market ability to attract new ACL opportunities and new home development and providing existing homes a higher marketability which supports and improves the financial stability of our community as a whole.

Congratulations to those who can see and are willing to step forward into the future and ensure ACL can be a prosperous and accommodating community for everyone to enjoy and utilize in the future.

~ Kevin Smith

We are so thankful to have had the opportunity to host our wedding reception at the ACL Clubhouse. It was special to share this memorable event at the lake as I’ve fished with my Dad and Grandpa here for many years, spent time on the pontoon boat with my family at the Lake, and really enjoyed the beauty of nature and the water.  The Lake made for the perfect backdrop for photos down near the water, and the floor to ceiling windows provided a gorgeous backdrop for our head table and dance floor. Our friends and family enjoyed that they could share the meal inside, but also enjoyed the wonderful weather outside at the picnic tables. Kids were invited to our wedding, and it was nice to have the room for them to run around in the grass outside. 

~ Brooke (Krippendorf) VenHuizen

It would be nice to have a comfortable place to sit and utilize wifi. It would also be nice to have scheduled exercise classes, like Jazzercise, especially on a Saturday morning. Thanks for your work on this.

~ Maureen Conrad


I read an article in the Des Moines Register about different counties in Iowa with increased population and the reasons why. It summarized by saying ‘where there is progress in the county there is enthusiasm and people tend to gravitate to enthusiasm.’ The CAMP program creates progress and enthusiasm. I appreciate what the Board is doing.

~ Jack Finley




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Clubhouse Area Master Plan (CAMP)