Olympia Master Builders, under the leadership of Ken Donohue, agreed to take on the construction of the Amtrak station.
As the volunteer construction coordinator for the project, I recruited volunteer labor, solicited materials and supervised members of OMB in constructing the station according to plans provided by Buck Harmon, from the Amtrak Committee. The building process was detailed into tasks requiring a few days work for each crew: We were enthusiastic and gave freely.
I remember Keith Hodges brought in his bulldozer and did all of the excavation; Ken Donohue’s crew built the foundations; Bob Brandt and company poured the concrete floor; Boe Sand gave much of the concrete; our lumber companies contributed at deep discounts and others, including Bob Farster, Gary Fears and Ed Rhodes, framed and sided the walls.
Mason Manning provided the roof trusses, which were set by Jay McCarthy’s company and my company sheeted the roof and built the exterior trim details.
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Mark Shaffer donated the drywall and painted the interior and B&R Sales put down the flooring.
Space does not allow the names of all of our contributors, but the list was extensive.
There were also other volunteers from outside our membership who helped, as well as a paid person from Amtrak.
It took a long time to complete the job, but it was worthwhile and satisfying.
We built the Amtrak station for our community, not for the credit.
It was, however, kind of Doug DeForest to set the record straight.