Rest area deck helps cement public services
Story contributed by Dave Schrom, Tillamook Rest Area Supervisor
The Tillamook Rest Area’s office deck and canopy project is heading towards completion. The new deck includes an Americans with Disabilities (ADA) accessible ramp, including coverage for motorists who need to access the supervisor’s office in case of mechanical or other motorist services.
OTE’s office ADA ramps have become part of the accessibility model at other OTE managed rest areas. Careful thought is given to all travelers needing services, and the added canopy protects them against inclement weather.
Local Tillamook non-profit organizations will also have the opportunity to serve motorists along Highway 101 free coffee and cookies, and accept donations for their association’s community programs.
Tillamook Rest Area Supervisor David Schrom holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon, and designed the deck and canopy structure. Shane Hayes, Tillamook’s assistant supervisor, is a licensed general contractor, and executed the design.
“We wanted to design and build this ourselves,” said Schrom. “We knew we could use some of the savings in labor costs to fund really high quality materials so our structure would hold up beautifully in the harsh coastal environment.”
Construction documents were prepared to facilitate competitive bidding of the needed materials. Four companies submitted bids on the materials package; two coastal suppliers and two national suppliers in the valley. The lowest bids came in from the coastal suppliers—and Rosenberg’s Building Supply, a local Tillamook company, was awarded the contract.
“Rosenberg’s winning bid made it easy to stay within our agency’s mission to strengthen local economic infrastructure,” said Hayes.”Rosenberg allowed us to handpick the very best wood they carry.
“It took a bit longer to complete than if we had hired out the labor, since we worked on it while also performing maintenance, landscaping, and public information duties,” said Schrom, “but it was worth the wait. I also gained a real appreciation for the effort and craftsmanship required to build something really well.”
“We are currently completing the Free Coffee Program service counter and need to select some local shrubs for landscaping, but the project should be wrapped up this week,” said Hayes. “I’m proud of the finished product – it was worth the effort.”
For those interested in participating in the highway safety break free coffee program, you can read more about it on our website.