It was perfect timing. I was in the Columbia Association headquarters to interview for a job writing blog posts when I saw this sight from the building’s beautiful view of Lake Kittamaqundi: workers ripping up the boardwalk at the lakefront.
A couple days later I was back, and they were putting new boards down on the boardwalk. They were moving so quickly, and it was interesting watching the process.
It seemed fitting then that my first assignment with CA was to meet with Craig Garrison, CA’s operations manager for capital improvement projects. We met down at the mostly completed new boardwalk at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront.
He told me that replacing this boardwalk was a big project: 4,200 square feet of new decking needed to be replaced after 40 years of use. And as you can see from the pictures, this isn’t the easiest project. That’s like replacing all the flooring in two good sized homes while hovering over water!
And here’s something I certainly never thought about: Do you know how they bring in all the equipment and new materials and cart out the old materials? They do it by boat from the boat dock on the south end of Lake Kittamaqundi! Given the slope of the land, and the landscaping, there is no other safe way to bring in equipment and supplies at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront.
That is some seriously hard work. I’m not going to complain about my wee little projects at home ever again. Then again, if I had 11 capable, hardworking, skilled laborers at my beck and call, I just might.
Melissa Sinclair works in the Communications & Engagement Division at Columbia Association (CA). Melissa recently moved to Columbia with her three-generation family. She has lived in more than a dozen cities and is looking forward to making Columbia, Md., her permanent home! Over the past year she has worked on losing weight, getting fit and doing volunteer work; she is now looking forward to working for CA after staying home with her family for the last several years. Melissa has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in educational administration. Click here to read more of Melissa’s Getting to Know CA series.