It may be their eighth day of work, but the crew restoring the exterior of the Tourism Discovery Centre (TDC) in Williams Lake is not taking a break.
Franklin Industries, who specialize in log home blasting and restoration, expect to be on the job through the month of July and maybe into early August.
“We are betting it will take us seven days for each side,” said supervisor Brent Soroka Friday morning. “We are putting on two coats of stain and a coat of clear so that it will be all sealed up.
And before the stain goes on, the crew are building a containment with tarps and scaffolding. They then sandblast the logs and use Osborn buffing brushes on them.
The company hails from Cawston in the South Similkameen Valley.
Brian Sokora and Wayne Hooper.
Wayne Hooper is our mastermind,” Soroka said as he unloaded some supplies. “He has 27 years of experience in industry and has worked on things like the Patullo Bridge.”
In March city council approved Franklin Industries Inc. for the contract in the amount not to exceed $135,000 to do exterior and handrail repairs at the TDC.
During council’s discussion at the time, Coun. Laurie Walters said it will be a bigger expenditure this year because the city has waited a long time to do the repairs.
Going forward council agreed to set aside money so the upkeep of the TDC will be done more frequently.