In late December 2015, we posted our first article about the exciting new ‘MakerSpace’ coming to Truckee Tahoe Airport this summer. You can read our initial post here. There have been more positive developments in this good news story, so we want to update you on the Truckee Roundhouse, still due to open in the summer of 2016.
As the Airport continues to bring this new space up to code—making improvements in terms of ADA access, fire suppression, lighting, and other items—the Roundhouse Board of Directors, spearheaded by member Karin Johnson, has been working on improvement plans. Plan checks and reviews have been ongoing between the Board, and Placer County Building, Planning, and Environmental Health. Some of these Board-driven improvements will include:
- Dust and noise mitigation
- Construction of work tables
- Separation and placement of shops
As recently as March 12, the look and organization of the Roundhouse has been refined as seen in the diagram, and will include five main shops. Note that the tools shown in each shop are still contingent on further fundraising:
All of the above initiatives underway required a building permit (of course), and very recent good news tells us this was granted in mid-March! It’s been a journey with complications…
Last August, the Board of the Airport voted to lease the Echo 3 hanger space to the Roundhouse for a community ‘makerspace’. The Airport’s staff was urged to make improvements to the code so the Roundhouse could move in. As this was being considered and acted upon, the county wanted the Roundhouse Board to provide specifics on aspects what was/is really a work-in-progress. Decisions were arrived at on a sometimes very micro level. Even as that went on, other items had to be changed; for example, the grade of the entranceway was too steep for ADA rules. After the building permit was issued, very recently as mentioned, the Roundhouse Board was told to put a chemical wash shower in, in order to meet safety standards. This of course will be done, as will any other improvements or code changes needed. The folks behind the new Roundhouse are committed to bringing this unique collection of crafts and craftspeople to life.
Some of the most recent news that has (or will) benefit this project, in terms of funding, comes from the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF). TTCF, collaborating with Sierra Sun over the holiday season, presented their second annual Give Back to Tahoe Guide for Giving. This initiative benefits “the people, creatures and lands of this extraordinary region.” Last year’s fundraising saw over $120,000 raised and distributed to 60 featured non-profits in our area. This last drive saw some very generous TTCF donors provide $40,000 in Challenge Grants. It paid off handsomely: over $350,000 dollars is earmarked for various non-profits in our North Tahoe – Truckee region. The money came through online and offline donations, and matching grants. More than $100,000 beyond this was leveraged by 18 non-profits. In short, the Roundhouse project, and other needed initiatives, will see some of these funds.