Progress is steady at the site of the King's Pointe resort development in Storm Lake.
The roof and exterior walls of the indoor aquatic center were largely completed just ahead of the winter storm, allowing work to proceed uninterrupted.
Exterior siding and stone work is continuing, giving passers-by to get a better idea of the finished look of the building. Crews are working inside heated enclosures installing stone to the exterior of the lodge building. One area on the north side of the east end has been completed and uncovered.
"We think the color of the stone fits nicely with the two colors of siding to provide a rich, warm look," said Mike Wilson, director of Project AWAYSIS developments for the city.
"Inside is a bee hive of activity with the various tradesmen doing their specific work. It takes a great deal of coordination between the various trades to be sure that the work of one doesn't hamper or impeded the work of another."
The last sections of the Lazy River tube ride were being poured last week. All of the concrete work is now complete on the outdoor pool and outdoor waterpark.
The floor in the restaurant is being poured with the windows to follow.
Plans now call for the outdoor water park to open around June 1, followed by the lodge and indoor waterpark in August.
Work is also progressing on the golf course clubhouse renovation, which will allow for the new Senior Center to open next spring. The new handicapped accessible ramp on the east side was poured last week, installation of the mechanical system is in progress and work in the pro-shop area continues. The roof on the addition on the west side will go on this week, conditions permitting.
"Everything is moving along as it should," Wilson said.
Next Tuesday, the city plans to take bids for much of the remaining work in the lakefront AWAYSIS development - the beach, Great Lawn and playground; and a separate contract to establish rain-garden-like bioretention areas to protect the lake area from runoff and erosion. Wilson said three to five bidders have expressed serious interest. The construction of the lighthouse at the new beach area will be handled in a separate process in the near future.
At the lodge hotel, group reservations are now being taken to start in August. Individual reservation orders will be taken beginning in April.
Applications for lifeguards and pool attendants are now being taken at city hall.