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Killington summer projects, New Peak Lodge underway

Killington Resort is taking a big step forward with foundation work for the new Killington Peak Lodge and a related sewer line this summer.

Last year the former peak lodge was removed, but before the site work could be completed, Tropical Storm Irene interrupted the project by knocking out the 6,800-square-foot Superstar Pub at the K-1 Lodge. With over 12 inches of rainfall in 24 hours, bridges and huge sections of road were also washed away, leaving Killington with $6 million in damage from Irene and a need for contracted engineers and construction workers to deal with emergency situations elsewhere in the region.

For Killington Resort, responding to storm damage not only meant removing the debris but finding a way to replace the restaurant seats lost at both the peak and base areas. Two Umbrella Bars from Austria were installed and while the $2 million project was expedited and the bars operational for the ski season, final landscaping was just recently completed with a few minor elements to be completed in early July, reports Chris Nyberg, president and general manager of Killington Resort and Pico Mountain.

This past spring the preliminary work of civil engineering (done in-house by James Tomlinson) and soil-and-rock structure studies (done by GeoDesign) were finished so that the design for the all-important concrete work could be done. The excavation work to prepare the site also got underway.

The start date for the foundation is July 9, according to Engleberth, the construction management company for the peak project. The foundation and first level exterior walls should be completed by the end of August, Nyberg noted.

Due to the location of the building, at 4,200 feet above sea level, it is subject to high winds and fierce storms, the type, amount, and location of the concrete is critical in order to be able to carry the loads for the building. "The wind at the peak creates the need for more ballast in the concrete to hold the structure," Nyberg added.

Architects Dan Pratt and Jay White at Robert Carl Williams Associates designed the replacement lodge to withstand the weather and Category 3 Hurricane winds. Nyberg is working with Steve Finn from that firm on interior details.

He said the building itself would not get built this year as originally planned due to the Irene delay. "We are taking time in getting the foundation in place this summer for next May when we can set the steel and proceed with building. It's more expensive this way than if done all at once, but we want a well thought-out product," said Nyberg who anticipates the new lodge being finished by Christmas 2013. The revised schedule allows for "more time to further refine the interior."

The lodge will cost an estimated $7-million and be three-stories tall. Nyberg is excited to incorporate some of Engleberth's "ideas on better ways to do somethings. It's what value engineering is all about," he said.

The second major construction project this summer is the new sewer line now being built for the new Killington Peak Lodge. A staged tank system will reroute wastewater (formerly disposed of in the peak septic field area) to the K-1 Lodge for further routing to Killington's treatment plant (near the golf course).

Nyberg said other summer projects include the annual maintenance and upgrading of the lift and snowmaking infrastructure.

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