April 19-21

It's been a long time since the last update, and there's really not that much to tell in terms of progress over the winter.  We had one of the longest, wettest winters in recent memory. This was great news for skiers, perhaps even better for the irrigators once the snow pack melts, but it was terrible for us. The site was inaccessible much of the winter. The early spring hasn't been much better, at least for building. We are having the wettest spring in memory. January and February (not really spring, of course), topped 150 year old records for precipitation.

Many of you don't know the big crisis the loomed over us for the entire winter. It turns out the 29 steel trusses were installed upside down. Yes, upside down. How could that happen you ask? Well, we asked the same question, as did everyone who might have to pay for the fix. There were many fingers pointing in many directions. The drawings were, in some people's view, inaccurate or maybe just incomplete. Detail drawings of the trusses were never provided. In the end everyone involved (the architect, engineer, steel erector, steel fabricator, truss supplier, and us) sat down to discuss what happened, how to fix it, and who pays. This web site is not the place for me state who I think is to blame. I'll merely report that the cost of repair was split 4 ways, with the architect and engineer sharing one-quarter, and the steel erector, fabricator, and truss supplier paying one-quarter each. Our share was to accept the trusses as-is, since they weren't made to spec in several respects. We also had to absorb the delay.

Once the weather turned nice, it was time to fix the trusses. We had some difficulty scheduling the work, but on April 18 Dave Baca and two other workers arrived to start flipping the trusses. The work involved cutting the welds where the trusses sat on steel plates above the bond beam as well as the welds joining the trusses to the tubing that holds the I-beams. Each truss was cut free, inverted, then welded back in place. Baca and crew did an excellent job in terms of preserving the integrity and appearance of the trusses, an issue of great concern.

The repairs took three days. The 19th was somewhat of a warm-up day, figuring out how they were going to get the job done and what different tools they might need the next day. The same 3-man crew came back on the the 20th and got to about the halfway point. One the 21st Baca came back with a 5-man crew and they proceeded to bang out the balance of the work before leaving.