The Truckee Donner Railroad Society desired a 36-foot-long, 5-foot-wide, 7-foot-high scaled shed for history interpretation, onsite storage of the train in the winter, and for increased enjoyment of riding the train. Additional benefits of the proposed shed include educating all community visitors and citizens on the history of how the railroads keep the trains running over Donner Summit during heavy snow. The project also offers opportunities to teach safety concerns that exist in current modern snow shed structures with the lack of clearances inside and the dangers resulting in walking in existing snow sheds on active railroad tracks.
The project caught the attention of Paul Zarubin (Mt. Lincoln Construction) who stepped up to become the Project Manager. “Doug Gadow approached me to be the project manager, but I really had to put the bags on to get this project moving in the right direction,” said Paul. “We all in our hearts want to contribute to our community, but finding the time and recruiting volunteers is the hard part.”
The design – inspired by the historic Donner Summit snow sheds – was provided by architect Forrest Huisman as a gift to the Railroad Society. The design was handed off to Doug Gadow (Linchpin Structural Engineering), who modified it based on feedback from Zarubin and the timber-frame manufacturer, and then provided structural engineering and permitting services to get the project approved for construction. Linchpin’s engineers also spent time assisting the construction of the shed.
Dave Rhoden (Caseywood), C.A.T.T. CP President coordinated with Kurt Westerlund (Fraserwood) to procure the timber frames for the project. Fraserwood volunteered to pre-notch and drill the timbers for easy assembly and arranged for them to be shipped from Canada. Caseywood donated additional materials and supplies valued close to $6,000.00. “Paul and Doug were phenomenally instrumental in streamlining the building process, in terms of restructuring the design,” said Dave. “I was thrilled to be a part of this great project, by procuring the materials to build, via donations from Caseywood, Fraserwood, DHC Supplies, and Simpson Strong-Tie.”
In May 2016, the construction began with help from Brent Neil, Tom Smith, Greg Zirbel, Karl Pape, Steve Disbrow, Greg and John Kuzma, and Jerry Blackwell.
The project will serve as a permanent destination for educational programs year after year, as well as add riding interest on the miniature train. Bob Bell concludes, “We want to educate all residents and visitors about Truckee railroad history and especially want parents and their children to understand and learn about the history of Truckee’s contribution to living and recreating along the country’s first transcontinental railroad.” The public is invited to visit this remarkable project made possible by the Truckee Donner Railroad Society, generous donors and C.A.T.T. Community Project.
Choices, a nonprofit day program supporting adults with developmental disabilities, received a much needed cooktop and oven, thanks to some help from generous donors, the Rotary Club of Truckee, and CATT Community Project, a charitable arm of the Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe.
Kimberly Majors, the program director for Choices explains, “At our program, we teach our clients the skills they need to become successful, independent community members. One very important skill to living independently is being able to prepare meals and feed yourself. At our day program facility on Pioneer Trail, we have been using hot plates and crockpots to teach these skills, but this does not translate into the home.” Kimberly applied for and received a grant from the Rotary Club. With $500 and help from CATT member Charlie Riley (Truckee Hometown Sears Store) the new stove was delivered to the site. “Unfortunately, it was then that we learned the 30-amp outlet and wire gate would not support the stove; it needed a 50-amp outlet and about 40 feet of copper wiring.”
Community Project Chairman Dave Rhoden (Caseywood) reached out for help from the CATT membership. John Walterscheid (Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc.) stepped right up to donate all materials and supplies. Tyler Wright (TW Electric) donated his time and expertise in the installation.
“We’re finally able to help our clients learn the life skills they need to become independent”, Kimberly said. “We so appreciate all your work and organization for getting us our new, working range! We love it and will put it to great use! Thank you C.A.T.T. Community Project!”
CATTCP would like to thank CATT Member Ange Simonpietri, Accurate Painting & Staining, Inc. for his time volunteered on upcoming projects. CATTCP looks forward to working more with Accurate Painting & Staining, Inc.. on future projects!!
CATTCP is currently working on the Family Resource Center of Truckee to help update some of the older fixtures and finishes in the building.
The Family Resource Center’s mission is “To promote social and economic success in our community by providing education, mobilizing resources and advocating for change.”
We would like to thank Ferguson Enterprises for generously donating a high end garbage disposal for this project and Red Horse Fenestration - Custom Windows & Doors for kindly donating a custom mailbox for the front door.
C.A.T.T. Community Project Manager for the Old Jail Museum was Josh Root.
Donor recognition for the Old Jail Museum is:
Easterbrook Painting, Inc.
Truckee Paint Mart
C.A.T.T. Community Project Manager for the Truckee Bike Park was Mike Brown.
Donor recognition for the Truckee Bike Park is:
Background: Truckee Bike Park is a not for profit, grass roots effort comprised of local bike enthusiasts to build a world class bike park in Truckee, CA. The vision is to create a bike centric destination that will serve locals and visitors. The Truckee Bike Park wants to create healthy, outdoor, active, and recreational opportunities for the Truckee community.
C.A.T.T. Community Project Manager for the TTUSD Recyling Containers was Greg Hines.
Donor recognition for the TTUSD Recycling Containers is:
M.D. Construction & Consulting, Inc.
C.A.T.T. Community Project Managers for the Tahoe City Banners were Rich Loverde and Andrew Cross.
Donor recognition for the Tahoe City Banners Loverde Builders, Inc. Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Company
C.A.T.T. Community Project Manager for the Victory Highway Eagle was Ryan Swenson.
Donor recognition for the Victory Highway Eagle
MD Construction & Consulting, Inc..
Loverde Builders, Inc.
Truckee Paint Mart
Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Company
Yankin's Reclaimed Materials
Background: The Victory Highway Eagle Monument was originally erected in 1928 along the Victory Highway (approximate I‐80 alignment), just on the California side of the Nevada Stateline, as a memorial to honor World War I veterans. There were five other bronze eagles with 6’ 8” wingspans installed along the coast‐to‐coast highway, three in Kansas and two others in California. This eagle was removed by Caltrans from its Stateline location in the 1970s due to roadside vandalism. The eagle spent time at CalExpo in Sacramento and in a Caltrans storage facility. In the 1990s efforts were made to locate the eagle, and it was installed in 1998 on the western side of Truckee’s downtown train depot. In the fall of 2011, the Town of Truckee expedited a drainage and streetscape improvement project around the train depot, and the eagle was temporarily placed in a Town of Truckee storage facility to allow time for a more inclusive public process to determine an appropriate permanent location for the eagle monument.
The permanent location for the eagle, supported by a group of ±22 public stakeholders and approved by the Town Council, is on the northwest corner of Donner Pass Road and Spring Street in downtown
Truckee. As part of the planned Brickelltown Streetscape Project, a sidewalk will be installed along the entire stretch of Brickelltown and a large plaza will be constructed at the corner of Donner Pass Road and Spring Street, into which the eagle monument will be erected as a focal point. Since the streetscape project will not begin until the summer of 2014 at the earliest, the Town Council approved temporarily displaying the eagle monument in the Town Hall Lobby.
As part of the 20-150 Year Celebration the McIver Dairy was painted and an interpretive sign installed.
C.A.T.T. Community Project Manager for the McIver Dairy Project was Josh Root.
Donor recognition for the McIver Sairy Project
MD Construction & Consulting, Inc..
Kelly Brothers Painting, Inc.
Kelly Moore Paint, Co.
Root Of Design Electric
Background: During the late 19th century and with the completion of the transcontinental railroad new local industries stared to emerge in Truckee. At this time, the local dairy industry was established due to the ease of transporting products to lucrative markets. According to Meschery (1978:48), this area in the Sierras was a “dairyman’s heaven.” The region provided summer pasture for herds brought in from central California, and in earlier years, there were reportedly 15-20 dairy farms proximal to Truckee which yielded enormous quantities (60,000 pounds) of “premium quality” butter that, in turn, was sold at “premium” prices throughout the west’s urban markets (Meschery 1978). Two dairies are occasionally alluded to around historic Truckee. The Von Flue dairy was originally located on the south side of the Truckee River, occupying the lands around present-day River Street and the McIver Dairy located along Donner Pass Road just north of Hwy 80. Both were significant contributors to early community development and the economic growth of our region.
In 1998 the Town of Truckee purchased the McIver property. A year later, the Town Council approved “Paint the Dairy Day” a collaborative project between CATT, the Truckee Donner Historical Society and the Town. The project provided for the repair and painting of all three of the historical buildings. The buildings have not been painted since. Building on the success of the past, the Town would like to propose the opportunity to once again partner with CATT for the repair and repainting of the three buildings that make up the historic McIver Dairy Complex. The Town is prepared to purchase the necessary paint to complete the project and is looking to CATT for assistance in preparing the structures for painting which may include some sanding, refinishing of the wood surfaces and/or small repairs to the structure and then painting the exteriors of the three individual buildings. The Town will provide instructions for the color of each of the structures and its trim however, CATT’s team would be responsible for providing all necessary equipment and labor to prepare and paint the structures.
As the Town of Truckee enters its celebratory 150th year since establishment and 20th year since incorporation it seems appropriate to highlight some of the historically significant properties, their use and their roles in shaping the community. As part of the celebration, the Town intends to publicize the proposed project and would highlight the partnership with CATT. In addition, an interpretive sign will be erected at the site explaining the historical significance of the property which would also recognize the partnership with CATT for their involvement and contribution in the preservation of the landmark. The interpretive sign is being developed by the Exploratory Learning School as part of their history learning curriculum and as a service learning project and the Donner Summit Historical Society is building the sign as part of their Highway 40 Scenic Signage Project. It is the goal that once the structures are painted and the sign installed that a ribbon cutting type ceremony would take place.
Background: The Contractors Association of Truckee-Tahoe and the town of Truckee have come together in a three-year effort to construct new transit shelters in the Truckee and Donner Lake areas.
The first structure, designed by local architect Peter Gerdin, is under construction and located on Donner Pass Road in front of the Rite Aid Pharmacy outside the Gateway Shopping Center. The building is expected to be completed in late November.
The location of two other shelters has not been determined, but Noah Markoff, president of the Contractors Association, says the next one will most likely be built at the west end of Donner Lake.
Designed in the old Tahoe mountain style, the handsome, well-lit structures will be built using native timber and decorative rock. The 150-square-foot buildings were partially built with a $36,000 Rural Transit System grant the town received from the California Department of Transportation and with donated time and materials from the members of CATT (Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe
The association, a nonprofit corporation, was formed in 1998 by a few contractors concerned about local agencies’ impact on the building trade and with the goal to improve professionalism within the local industry. It consists of 260 area contractors and has added a second nonprofit corporation – The Community Project.
The new shelters are one of association’s community projects. This arm of the association is dedicated to supporting community service projects, which are nonprofit in nature, by providing resources from their membership.
“CATT tries to do three community projects a year,” says Markoff. “Along with the transit structures, this year we worked on the Legacy Trail and the Senior pancake breakfast.”
CATT was also involved in providing volunteers and materials to complete the McIver Dairy Renovation in 2002. Each year the association organizes an annual golf tournament to raise money for projects.
“So many of us live, work and have families in this community. We feel it is crucial to give back to the community,” says Markoff.
Markoff says the association would like to eventually work with the Kidzone by installing cabinetry and display counters. It may also join with the Truckee Humane Society on a project.
“We are funded by local contractors and local businesses and we want to supply services for the local benefit,” says Markoff.