The shed began as a high school construction class project without a home. It ended up as a storage shed for the local non-profit, River Wranglers.
“I approached Dick Mesna about building a shed for River Wranglers.” said coordinator, Linda Conlin. “He asked what size I was interested in, showed me the building under construction and we went for it.”
The Silver Stage High School Construction II class of 2007 worked on the shed all year long. Most of the building was constructed twice, the second time to “get it right.”
It is constructed more like a small home rather than a shed because it is framed 16” on center, is insulated, sheet rocked and textured. The students even constructed the trusses.
Andy Jimenez, Victor Albarron, Frank Crandall, Joe Copp, Adam Crandall, Andrew Codeiro and Dowain Swain were the principal members of the construction team, working on the project from beginning to end.
“You can literally park an elephant on it, it’s that sturdy” said Dick Mesna, construction teacher.
The shed, measuring 8x16 ft., has nearly 200 square feet of shelving for storage. Conlin is ready to fill it up with educational materials, monitoring supplies
Relocating the shed proved to be a challenge as it is so heavy. Mike Lenox, owner of Lenox Barns, offered to help move the shed.
For years River Wranglers stored equipment at Ft. Churchill and appreciates the state park for generously providing storage space. With the new storage shed, River Wranglers has the capacity to more effectively organize educational materials and equipment to work with schools in the watershed.
“I want to thank Dick Mesna and the team he inspired to create such a great building. Their construction is fantastic.” said Conlin. “I also appreciate Mike Lennox for taking time and providing equipment to move the shed. Such community support makes River Wranglers work along the Carson River even more meaningful.”