BUT, none of that phases Ryan. He smiled at the challenge as he told us, “This is my specialty. I worked ten years on mining equipment, then new home construction, then commercial, then I found my niche — large-loss commercial disaster claims. This is what I do.”
And Ryan found the place to do it in his employer, Square One Builders, of which he says, “Most construction companies can’t do what we do. They’re used to starting from scratch. What we do is harder because we have to match what was there before.” He pointed to the wall next to where we were standing, what used to be the back of the lobby: “For instance, you see the texture on that wall. If you’re doing new construction you do it the way you’re used to doing it. But for us, we have to figure out what they were doing and then do it the same way so it’s an exact match.”
The upshot is that Silveridge is in good hands. But, despite that, Ryan can’t yet offer a target date for completion of the repairs. We got the sense that he’d have the work halfway done if he could just jump in, but he has to wait to the insurance adjusters, three types of engineers (structural, architectural and mechanical) and the city.
Here’s one example of how the restrictions are affecting the work: Instead of installing temporary offices in a construction trailer, they are now in a portable storage unit, let’s call it the Office in a Box. Why? Because a construction trailer calls for a greater power load and therefore requires a city permit. To save time, they went with the box you see just outside the clubhouse entrance.