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Experts find King's Pointe storm damage is fixable

Thursday, September 28, 2006

King's Pointe construction will soon be pointing squarely in the right direction again.

Several architectural experts who have examined the wind- damaged construction of the multi-million-dollar resort under construction on Storm Lake's waterfront have come to the conclusion that the damage can be effectively repaired.

A series of cables and "come-alongs" will be attached to the first floor of the three-story structure, and it will slowly be pulled back into plumb. Workers will then check to insure that all interior walls are back in proper straight position, and that all window and door openings are square. Additional bracing will be installed on the interior walls for extra stability. Once the process is complete, it will be repeated for the second and third floors.

Project director Mike Wilson said the cost for repairing the damage will be entirely covered by the city's builder risk insurance policy through EMC Insurance Company.

The east wing of the resort hotel was nearing exterior completion when a windstorm on September 15 swept through the site and pushed sides of the building out of alignment. The walls were braced up, but all work had to be stopped on that portion of the development.

City officials met Tuesday with representatives of McHan Construction, Advanced Building and Components, the city's architectural consulting firm on the project BCDM, the DLR Group, the insurance company and several subcontractors to review the damage and seek a solution to get the project back on track.

Over the past week, all of the experts have had a chance to tour the building for a first-hand examination of the damage. "Their expert opinion was that the damage could easily be fixed," the city said in a statement released on Wednesday.

"It was really good to see that ABC is very confident in their ability to correct the damage, and comforting to hear the structural engineers concur," said City Administrator Patti Moore. "Given their experience in similar situations, we're very comfortable that the lodge will be as structurally sound as originally intended - maybe better, due to the additional interior bracing that will be added."

It has not yet been determined how long it will take to repair the damage, and how much impact it will have on the construction schedule and the work of the various subcontractors.

Since the storm, workers have not been able to work in the east wing, and have concentrated on getting the central and west areas of the lodge hotel underway. The construction has been on a tight schedule, seeking to get the building enclosed in October so that it can be finished in time for a hopeful opening in early June.

"While we are certainly concerned with any potential delays in the schedule, our primary concern is getting the damage fixed appropriately," Wilson said. "We'll be able to get a better feel for the schedule adjustments over the next few weeks."



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