There’s no looking back |

There’s no looking back

While Heavenly’s parent reshuffles its employee flow charts, Marriott International has been moving dirt under the ski resort’s gondola for its two adjacent hotel projects.

It’s Day 13 on the job for the Park Avenue Redevelopment Project construction crews. Today, the concrete will be poured for the building foundation on the 110,000-square-foot Grand Summit, as it’s currently called, which Marriott took over in development rights for American Skiing Company weeks ago.

“Yeah, we can’t wait. Winter is coming,” Perini Building Co. Superintendent Dave Ash said, standing in the burning sun.

By the time the Grand Summit footprint is set, the job will have consumed more than 25,000 yards of concrete, he estimated.

A heavy equipment operator’s playground, mass excavation on the site is nearly wrapped up for the quartershare condominium project. Located about 400 feet away, 20 percent of the excavation work has been completed on Marriott’s proposed time-share hotel – the Timber Lodge.

The hotel management company staggered the building projects about one to two weeks apart.

Perini, the general contractor, said the jobs are on schedule, keeping in mind that the 70 workers on site are operating on an accelerated pace.

As early as Monday, Ash said the public could start to see sections of walls go up in a “stacked effort.”

Workers have already started spraying concrete to stabilize the 16-foot banks next to the remaining trees in a literal maze where a major condominium complex will sit.

A California Department of Forestry representative even gave Perini’s crew a crash course in tree maintenance.

Plans call for pines and aspens dotting the landscape of the project on the fast track to completion by next year.

Design Workshop architectural representative Taber Sweet said designers intend to use native plants and trees.

“It’s definitely going to be a High Sierra forest,” Sweet said.

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