Hello, I am a CFO for a private club in Michigan. Our members would like the club to build a fitness facility. The proposed facility will be 5,000 sq. feet with machines, free weights, locker facilities, and a smoothie bar. How many housekeeping and maintenance employees are necessary? Should we hire a manager for the fitness center?
Perhaps you’d want a fitness person rather than a manager? What I mean is, if this is a higher-end club, you might consider staffing the club during daytime hours with a fitness consultant. What you want that consultant to be able to do can vary widely. You might want just a greeter who has CPR, first aide, and knows how to use an AED machine. You might want a personal trainer who can do on-site assistance with machines and developing workout programs.
Housekeeping will depend greatly on whether you offer towel service. Also, whether you have a janitorial staff who cleans your entire club at night – perhaps they can quote you on their rates to add the gym to their existing cleaning load.
One of the places I work has one employee who works 20 hours per week on keeping the club clean during the day, no towel service so no towels to collect, wash, dry, fold, distribute. The other club where I work is much larger, but has two full time people just for towel service, including he washing, folding, and distribution to pool and workout areas.