Down and Dirty

Joel Padilla, Sunshine Holdings LLC. employee, operates a scarifying machine Wednesday morning a t the Rangeland Center construction site.  — Photo by T.J. Thomson

Joel Padilla, Sunshine Holdings LLC. employee, operates a scarifying machine Wednesday morning a t the Rangeland Center construction site. — Photo by T.J. Thomson

The sparse amounts of dirt moved by hand shovels at the Rangeland Center’s Sept. 6 groundbreaking ceremony have morphed into 50,000-pound bucketfulls of earth moved by metal, rubber-tired behemoths.

Fully loaded, the largest machine in the small fleet of earth movers camped at the eastern edge of campus weighs about as much as 1,000 people at an average weight of 170 pounds each.

CSC’s Physical Facilities Coordinator Blair Brennan said Wednesday that Sunshine Holdings LLC., the subcontractor in charge of the site’s dirt work, still has a massive amount of earth to move.

“They’ve got to take about 6 feet off the top of the hill yet,” Brennan said.

The project’s superintendent and two crewmembers have been on site for a week and a half. The number of workers doubled on Wednesday, Brennan said.

In addition to the site sculpting, crews have been installing silt fencing to prevent potential mudslides onto neighboring property.

Brennan said that once more dirt is moved, construction workers will add cement to the dirt road foundations to ensure site access in case of rain or snow.

The site will feature access from the north and south ends of the complex, Brennan said.

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