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Pieces coming together on Marriott project

Susan Wood

Perini Building Company Superintendent Dave Ashe may sleep when he’s away from the Marriott jobsite, but his mind never rests.

The head man for the general contractor on the Marriott hotel condominium complex project in South Lake Tahoe keeps a notepad next to his bed, which he uses to organize his jumbled thoughts.

“I’ll wake up and say, ‘Oh, I can’t forget that,'” Ashe said, touring the job site with an American flag fastened to his hard hat.

Wall siding is due to go up next week, capping off about 20 percent of the job that’s changed the landscape of Stateline and employed many local construction workers.

To stay on schedule, Ashe manages 180 workers from a variety of subcontractors scattered on all five floors of the Marriott Grand Residence Club, which is divided into two buildings and four sections each. They’re laid out in a convoluted maze of wires, beams, piping and concrete slabs.

Marriott Vacation Club is also building the Timber Lodge as a traditional timeshare resort on the other side of the Heavenly Gondola.

When the Residence Club project is completed, which it is expected to be in the fall of 2002, Ashe anticipates the ski resort will greatly benefit from the walk-through traffic drawn in by the $100 million project that sprawls over 110,000 square feet. An ice rink, swimming pool, resident units and an entire floor of retail shops and restaurants will give residents a full service, pedestrian-friendly experience. Cork n’ More, Bandana’s Pizzeria, McP’s and Heavenly Sports round out about half of the local businesses leasing space in the complex.

The condo units with floor plans ranging from 360 to 2,500 square feet are offered in quarter- to whole-ownerships and come with hotel amenities like valet parking and room service.

From the extras that it offers to the design of the buildings, the hotel complex represents the unconventional.

“The big challenge for us has been the configuration. Not one floor matches the next floor. Every floor is different,” Ashe said. “Everywhere you look, nothing is square, nothing is symmetrical. It’s fun. It’s difficult, but everybody just sinks their teeth into it.”

Ashe admits the multi-tiered job was a bit overwhelming to the guys at first, with some of the crew pulling 10-hour shifts and agreeing that it’s one of the most complex jobs they’ve ever worked on.

Much of the job lately has been focused on framing, plumbing, electrical and mechanical work, with Ashe pointing out more than 6,000 feet of copper water lines on the first floor.

On the top floor of one of the sections, Ashe reviewed progress of the cable lines that stabilize each floor. As an American flag flies on the northwest corner, workers use a hydraulic puller to give the lines tension, preparing concrete to be poured over the criss-cross design.

The laying of concrete should wrap up at the end of October, and digging at ground level for the sewer lines will stop two weeks prior to that in order to abide by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s excavation deadline mandate.

Ashe hopes Mother Nature will cut him a break when deciding to bring on winter. To work around the change in temperatures, Ashe has come up with a contingency plan to heat the building to 50 degrees. Some of the construction materials are sensitive to freezing temperatures.

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