Wednesday, October 2, 2013

We Found Oil

But not the good kind.

15 years ago the club removed an old oil tanker that was buried outside the women's locker room. When they removed the tank it looked good, no cracks or leaks but still removed 95 tons of soil and replaced it with clean fill. What they couldn't do is remove the soil that was against the foundation of the building as this would have compromised the structure. As part of our environmental assessment, we had to sample this soil that was abutting the foundation to ensure it was not contaminated.

No problem we thought, a half day of work, we'll scope out a bucket see it's clean and we move on.


We already have 250 tons of contaminated material. What does a 250 tone hole look like?

 It's so deep, the the excavator had dig a platform 6 feet deep, just to get to the bottom of it. We are hopeful that the contamination stops before we hit the trailers to the east and the putting green to south but right now we don't know how much bigger this is going to get. Obviously we have no choice but to deal with the problem but it will be a significant expense that we didn't anticipate.
We had planned to take all the concrete from the old clubhouse and bury it in the range. We did have a budget for this but since we already have a huge hole that is outside the clubhouse footprint we should be able to just push all the concrete back into the hole. Mind you, we will need to test some more fill to top load this but at least we have small victory in all this.
 The range is almost ready for the seed, the view from the pitching and putting green is outstanding.
 The tee deck should be seeded next week.

Stay tuned who knows what will happen tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. We were bound to have some surprises.

    Thanks for posting the updates.