Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee gets a facelift |

Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee gets a facelift

TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; You may notice some scaffolding and compressor noise around the Tahoe-Truckee Campus this summer. Los Gatos Construction, a subcontractor for Rudolf andamp; Sletton, will be removing and replacing the cement-fiber siding. The green building product is still under warranty, and the project will incur no additional costs to the College or the taxpayers. Los Gatos Construction crews first noticed some minor cracking in the panels in April of 2008, and replaced the tiles. The product was originally specified by the Lionakis Design group because of its durability, reduced need for maintenance and 50-year warranty. By August of the same year, more extensive cracking was observed, and the material manufacturer Certainteed was called in.When problems were discovered, a third party testing firm, Trinity E.R.D., was hired to identify the issues. Their recommendations included transitioning to a new anchoring system that involves hanging, rather than screwing in, the panels, and using additional hardware. Certainteed also offered the use of a new cement-fiber recipe that promises to be a stronger material. Project manager Rob Koster remarked, andamp;#8220;Everybody makes mistakes, itandamp;#8217;s how you resolve them that makes the difference.andamp;#8221; Hopefully the new product will live up to its expectations.andamp;#8212; Submitted to the Sun by Dean Kim Bateman to

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