As the actual project manager hired by the Amtrak Depot Committee to build the Centennial Station, I take great exception to the comments made by former Master Builders Executive Director Doug Deforest in his recent letter about the project.
There were, indeed, many fine contractors who were part of the Master Builders organization that did contribute to the project. Mark’s Drywall for one and the great Master Builder crew, including Bill Childress, that poured the foundation of the station. But the vast majority of the construction work was done by a volunteer crew, under my direct, daily supervision, that worked every single day, rain or sun, for almost three years to finish the project.
Numerous other organizations, some as far away as Australia, donated time and materials to the project and I would estimate that the Master Builders were responsible for about 20 percent of the work done on the project.
Deforest’s claims are not only wholly inaccurate but minimize the actual work and donations by numerous individuals and companies. He should be ashamed of himself.