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