The Coachella Valley has heated up tremendously over the past several weeks, forcing the crew of Watkins Landmark Construction's Rancho Mirage Community Park and Amphitheater project to contend with daily temperatures approaching 118 degrees!
The oppressive heat presents potentially dangerous conditions for construction crews across the region, but the Indian Wells-based Watkins Landmark team has taken all the right steps to ensure that their crewmembers enjoy the safest workplace conditions possible.
This breathtaking expansion extends across three acres and features an amphitheater and winding pedestrian promenade, a children's play area, exercise stations, Pickle Ball courts, and a new park entrance with optimized traffic flow and expanded parking. The completed amphitheater will sport terraced seating and a covered performance platform, complete with public restrooms, ample storage and full backstage facilities. Lush new landscaping and park monument signage will welcome all visitors.
So far, Watkins Landmark Construction has yet to experience any heat-related issues or lost time on this important civic project for the City of Rancho Mirage. Autumn—and cooler temps—are just around the corner and will offer a welcome respite from our scorcher of a summer.
Nevertheless, WLC's field crews, led by well-respected Superintendent Scott Sherrod, are drinking plenty of water during their days on-site in Rancho Mirage. All four of the roof structures are already in place on the buildings that comprise the park's new amphitheater. Sherrod's team now has abundant shade should overheating become a potential issue for craftsmen. These welcome areas allow WLC employees and subcontractors to cool down and catch their breath before returning to the tasks at hand.
Approaching completion on the nine-month construction and renovation project, Watkins Landmark continues progress on the newest expansion to Rancho Mirage's municipal parks. "There have been a handful of construction-related challenges that have arisen at (the formerly named) Whitewater Park, but we've successfully worked through it all hand in hand with the City of Rancho Mirage and the project's architects (McAuliffe & Company, Inc.) and landscape design (Hermann Design Group) teams."
When asked where kudos and accolades were most deserved within his own organization, Sherrod heaped praise on the Community Park Project Team, specifically Fred East (Project Executive); David Narz (Project Manager); Noreen Tripp-Hudson (Project Engineer); Brad McNulty (Assistant Superintendent), "and especially the many WLC field crewmembers and subcontractors who've really come together on this beautiful and much-anticipated Watkins Landmark project," Sherrod added.
Superintendent Sherrod continued, "The four back-of-house buildings have received insulation and drywall in anticipation of the completion date this fall, and the canopy structure above the amphitheater's stage is also completed and ready for lighting and electrical. Currently, Watkins Landmark Construction is proceeding with installation of the multiple "shotcrete" terrace walls that project out and upward from the front edge of the stage to form the tiered grass seating area where the public will enjoy live music, stage plays, and performances."
Walking though the job site, it's clear the park's visitors will have much to enjoy. New sidewalks have already been poured as part of the three-acre expansion, and exercise stations have been installed throughout the park, featuring a variety of circuit-based workout equipment. The Pickle Ball courts have their concrete in place and each is ready to receive its colored court surface and regulation nets. "Game on!" cheered Watkins Landmark Construction CEO and President Jody James Watkins during his most recent visit to the job site this week.
Added Sherrod, "There still remains a bit more work and finishing touches to be put on the Rancho Mirage Community Park before any balloons are released, but we'll continue to push the project through to completion in grand style."
There is no question that once work is completed, the City of Rancho Mirage will have a new jewel in its crown and townsfolk and local valley residents will benefit from this enduring gift.
Submitted by Watkins Landmark Construction