Work on Ormsby House hit by construction delay
CARSON CITY – Those who have driven down South Carson Street recently may have noticed the lack of work on the Ormsby House, the capital city’s largest construction project.
The scaffolding is gone. The tan and cream exterior painting is completed. The only exterior work to be done is some roofing and installation of a pool enclosure, the principal contractor said Friday.
Interior work has halted while the builders wait to receive construction materials, the owner said.
Construction and remodeling of the 84,000-square-foot hotel/ casino began in 2001, but was interrupted by permitting problems and the threat of a demolition in 2003. The city promised to put the construction permits on a fast track and construction has progressed steadily since.
What’s lacking: a completion date. Don Lehr, a partner in Cubix Ormsby LLC, declined to give any clues to when the iconic hotel/casino will be completed.
“We are working on it diligently,” Lehr said.
Some have criticized the long duration of the construction, but Al Fiegehen has argued that the project is more complicated than what most people thought.
Fiegehen, a partner in the company that owns the Ormsby House, said designers are working on interior plans.
Tom Metcalf, chief executive of Metcalf Builders, the principal contractor, said he will have 50 to 100 workers back on the job within a few months.
“We’re waiting on the mechanical, electrical and plumbing drawings,” he said. “We should be able to finish all the exteriors this summer, which includes the drive way and the parking lot.”
When completed, the Ormsby House will have 71Ú2 floors of hotel rooms. The remaining 21Ú2 floors will be used for the casino.
Clark Russell, president of Capital City Entertainment Inc., was general manager of the Ormsby House until 1985, when he sold his interest.
“What they’ve done to date with the exterior of the building looks really wonderful,” Russell said. “I would hope that they complete it very soon because it would be the best thing in the world for the Carson Station to have the Ormsby House back up and running and bringing people into Carson City.”
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