Saturday, January 3, 2004
Steamboat Springs The crew worked throughout the wee hours of the morning, searching.
For two days, around the clock, it excavated in the street, looking for a waterline for which the city of Steamboat Springs had no documented location. They worked at night because they had to shut off a waterline that serves five blocks of Yampa Avenue near the Harbor Hotel, said Craig Hagar, assistant project superintendent for Drahota Construction.
Hagar helps oversee the remodeling of the three-story building behind the main Harbor Hotel building.
In August, Drahota Construction began transforming the building's 60 hotel rooms into 24 condominiums. The $2 million renovation of the 25,000-square-foot building has passed the halfway mark, and upon completion in late February or March, it will be renamed "The Residences of Old Town."
Bringing the building, which was built in the early 1970s, up to modern building codes and high-end Steamboat buyers' standards has been a task that has brought on several unforeseen challenges, said Kevin Kopasz, project manager for Drahota Construction.
Years of leaky plumbing, all of which has been replaced, meant that several floor joists also had to be replaced. Also, when it was built, workers cut deep notches into some of the joists to make room for pipes and conduit, which took away from its structural integrity.
"The way it was built ... it's amazing what they got away with," Kopasz said.
The crew began the renovation with a massive demolition project that filled 28 40-yard Dumpsters, Hagar said. After gutting the building to remove its original plumbing and electrical systems and several dividing, load-bearing walls, the crew began rebuilding. In place of the old, wooden load-bearing walls, several steel I-beams were installed.
The interior of the condos began to take shape along with the new exterior, which now features stucco, rock, sheet metal and heavy timbers with a modern architectural appearance that is a far cry from its former 1970s decor.
Also, new exterior stairways, walkways and railings are being installed and a larger, new parking lot also has been built.
The construction crew is on a tight schedule, working overtime to complete the project in just seven months, Kopasz said.
In comparison, Drahota Construction completed The Pines at Orehouse Plaza, a $2 million, 16-unit condo project similar in scope to this one, in nine months. The Harbor project involves building 24 units in just seven months. The time it took to build the foundation and framing for the Pines building equaled the time it took to demolish the Harbor Hotel rooms, Kopasz said.
Every unit in The Residences of Old Town will feature a fireplace or free-standing stove and Gypcrete flooring to make the rooms virtually soundproof.
Most units has been pre-sold, but about six remain for sale, Kopasz said. The condos are listed for sale with Jim Cook of Colorado Group Realty, who can be reached at 870-8800, ext. 18.