Condo complex in final stages |

Condo complex in final stages

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune

On the fast track since May, there’s no stopping the progress of the Marriott Grand Residence Club.

The two buildings in the 199-unit hotel-condominium complex, with quarter-to-whole ownerships, is shaping up at Park Avenue. It’s still on schedule for its Nov. 1 opening.

Perini Building Company Superintendent Dave Ashe estimated the $100 million complex’s exterior, consisting largely of rock and wood, is 85-percent complete. The interior is about three-quarters finished.

When fire broke out a few weeks ago on the slope behind the Marriott job site, the work crew stayed late and took a water truck to a staging ground for firefighters.

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A few months before, a couple of on-site fires presented a few scares.

In December, snow was falling inside the building. But that’s all a part of the construction game, Ashe said.

These days, the challenges are more internal.

Beyond the occasional slip, one of the workers recently experienced a heart attack during first aid training.

The crew of 300 workers with 13 subcontractors mostly deal with 68 different configurations in assembling the units, ranging from studios to penthouses and suites that sport loft rooms with spectacular views.

Nine American Disabilities Association-compliant rooms are designed in the building, which represents a maze of steel pillars that crisscross through the rooms. These structural braces have forced the minds from Perini’s president to a sheetrock worker to come up with unique ways to conceal them.

A small design scribble on the wall marks one of the challenges.

“Normally, when you’re building something, you can get in a mode. Nothing is consistent here,” Ashe said. “The variety is just unbelievable when you walk through this thing. Very few times will you see one like ours.”

And Ashe puts in the miles.

He walks the sprawling 110,000 square feet from floor to floor to ensure every detail is listed on a checklist posted outside the unit. A palm pilot program, designed to help keep an every-other-day deadline, tracks the multitude of details.

Today, the work on the elevators is expected to be completed.

Ashe said Perini plans to complete the rooms — decorated with light green and beige walls and carpet — in mid-September to allow Marriott time to bring in its furniture into the building.

Outside, a crew has laid the foundation of a year-round swimming pool and nearby hot tub in the atrium area on the ground floor where retail establishments and restaurants are planned.

On the other side of the buildings, landscaping has begun along Highway 50.

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