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'Amazing' storm damage repairs get resort project back on track

Monday, October 9, 2006

More projects, senior center are next up

The repairs to the King's Pointe resort construction are an "amazingly" smooth success, and work has resumed on the storm damaged segment of the city's new multi-million-dollar lakefront resort.

"The building is plumb - it was amazing," AWAYSIS project manager Mike Wilson said. "They started by pulling the first floor back into plumb and it took maybe 15 minutes to do it."

On Wednesday they moved to the second floor with a system of cables, and it also popped back into place with no problems, and unexpectedly, the third floor came into square with it.

An independent expert was hired to come in and take measurements - at 50 to 60 locations on each of the three floors, to ensure that the building is again perfectly aligned.

"Everything checked out good, and extra bracing is now installed inside. Some of the roof sheeting was removed to straighten the tresses, and we are very pleased at how this process has gone," Wilson said.

From the beginning, the contractors believed the building could be pulled back into line, but city officials were a bit more nervous.

"The companies were confident, but I have to say that we took a wait-and-see attitude. They did a great job," Wilson said.

Work has resumed on the east section of the hotel. On Friday, MidAmerican Energy officials were working on trenching electrical lines in, and gas lines will be going in today. On Monday, plumbers and electricians will return to work inside the structure.

All work on that part of the project had to be halted for two weeks after high winds during a storm swept through the nearly-enclosed building and pushed two sides out of plumb. The city's construction insurance company is expected to pay for the repairs.

While that part of the project has stalled, workers have moved ahead to the central part of the structure, which will house the lobby, conference center and restaurant, and framing in the first floor of the west wing of the complex. Some foundations and cement block were going in Friday for the indoor area of the water park, which will be attached to the lodge hotel. Work is underway on the footings for the slide towers, with slides expected to arrive on site around the end of October.

"We spent two weeks on the fix. We should see the other parts of the building go up pretty quickly now," Wilson said. "Sheet-rocking will begin... and we will start to see steel erected before long."

Despite the delay, city officials still expect the lodge to be enclosed before winter weather hits. It will be another one to two weeks before the full impact of the delay is known for the schedules of all the subcontractors, however. The project has been racing toward a scheduled opening date tentatively set for early next June.

King's Pointe is not the only project progressing this season.

Plans for the new Storm Lake Senior Center site, to be located in the golf course clubhouse building next to AWAYSIS, are nearly complete and should go to the city council for approval on October 16. If all goes well, a contract would be awarded on November 20, and work could begin immediately in order to allow the seniors to move in Dinner Date events next spring.

Officials of Omaha architectural advisor bcdm were in Storm Lake this week to walk out the sites for the Project AWAYSIS playground, Great Lawn and new beach and lighthouse areas - running from King's Point to the bay and jetty. "We are now in the process of developing those plans, and they should be out for bid by the end of the year," Wilson said.

Bids will be received next Thursday for the lake bank restoration, which will remove broken concrete rip par from the shoreline of the AWAYSIS area southeast to near the campground. Fieldstone will be brought in to provide a more attractive shoreline while continuing to fight wave erosion.

"There's a lot of activity going on all at once out there," Wilson said.

Citizens are invited to check out the awaysis.com website for Wilson's regularly-updated project journals, and progress photos are regularly posted to allow citizens to check out elements of the work that cannot otherwise be seen.

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