QUIXOTE VILLAGE IS TAKING SHAPE WITH HELP FROM LEGISLATORS!
Last week at the construction site of Quixote Village, on Mottman Road in SW Olympia, major milestones were passed, and a couple of friendly legislators dropped in to see what is going on.
Rep. Ormsby (right foreground) helps smooth the slab
State Representative Timm Ormsby (D – Spokane) showed up just in time to help Construct Inc. pour the slab for the 2,723 square foot community building that will house kitchen and dining facilities, showers and laundry, and meeting and office space. Rep Ormsby has been a long and vigorous supporter of our efforts, and, fortunately, he used to be a cement finisher, so he knew what he was doing.
The finished slab of the Community Building
Friday, new Washington Congressman Denny Heck (D- 10th District), took time off after his town hall meeting at nearby South Puget Sound Community College to visit the site and be briefed on the Village by Panza Board member Jill Severn. By then the footprints for the 30 small cottages that will house residents had been marked off, and the crew was preparing to set the footings that will support the foundation beams.
Congressman Denny Heck gets briefed on the Village (staffer, Brendan Woodbury to the right; photo courtesy of Mr. Heck)
Workers set up Snootubes as forms for the cottage footings.
Watch out World, walls are coming!
We have Lift Off!
Last week the concrete foundation for the community building was poured.
Workman smooths the top of the foundation for the Quixote Village community building.
The excavation crew is still removing excess dirt, but now also installing the sewer lines for the community building and cottages. It turns out that the western half of the lot is mostly fill, and so easy to dig in.
Installing the sewer line
The eastern half, however. is all old, undisturbed earth, and much harder and full of stone. The crew has dulled several sets of teeth on the backhoe and removed a number of large boulders in the process. They’ll add a lot to our landscaping!
Stay tuned to see what’s next in the building of Quixote Village!
If you have driven past the Quixote Village site recently, you might have thought, “What’s going on? Nothing’s happening!” Well, appearances aside, a lot has been going on, but behind the scenes. Get this: the site has been leased to us by Thurston County (for one dollar a year for 40 years, thank you very much!), it actually falls within the jurisdiction of the City of Olympia, and the City of Tumwater, which is right across the street, actually provides some utilities. Which resulted in some confusion about who gets to charge us for what that has taken some time to work out. But word came down Tuesday that we are good to go, and additional excavation will begin next Monday (look for the clouds of dust!). Meanwhile, our contractor has been assembling materials for the cabins and community building and making all the other arrangements that need to be done at this stage.
And, thanks to Camp Quixote resident/graphic specialist Jon Colt, we have a construction banner, acknowledging the major players in making Quixote Village happen, posted at the site:
Next time you drive by, things should be jumpin’! Give a toot on your horn to show your support! More, anon.
Serious work began last week at the Quixote Village construction site, off Mottman Road. The first step is to level the ground, which means lots of great shovel work (who remembers Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel? ), lots of noise and dust.
Fortunately the excavated dirt is being trucked only as far as the next lot, where the owner needs to fill in a hole.
I’ll be keeping you up to date on progress made as we go along.
(Below) Some of the cast of characters at the first of twice monthly construction meetings: Jill Severn of Panza; Bob Wolpert, Board member and Owner’s Representative for Panza; Mike Goheen from Construct, Inc.; Garner Miller of MSGS Architects; Max Benson from Community Foundations; and Amy Head from SCJ Alliance.
(Left) Jill confers with Mike Goheen
(Right) Camp Quixote residents Scott and Steve hammer out details with the crew at MSGS architects.