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and river rock stonework around the lower portions of the building.
All the front doors to the units are accessed from an outdoor landing
with steps. Each unit on the ground floor has a patio or deck and
those on the upper floors have balconies. The roof is concrete shakes.

Reclaimed Water
Canyon Ridge will connect to American Canyon's reclaimed water
facilities and use the water for irrigation of the community's landscaping as well as in the toilets for all units. It might be one of the first
projects to use reclaimed water inside a building, Oberdorfer thinks.
The use of reclaimed water by Canyon Ridge and others in the
area will make the fresh water that was formerly used available to
the new developments for drinking and bathing. This is supposed to
result in no net gain in fresh water usage and comply with American
Canyon's zero water footprint policy. The reclaimed water travels in
special pipes that are a different color to distinguish them from the
fresh water pipes.
Canyon Ridge follows California's green building policy. Hot water
is used to warm the forced air heating system.
A challenge of the project has been its size and schedule. "We have
a turnover of the clubhouse so the developer can start leasing at the
end of June," Oberdorfer reports. "We have the first apartment building turnover in the first couple weeks in August and the pool at just
about the same time, so we'll be phasing in the completion. That's
always a challenge. Everybody is always anxious to get as much
revenue as they can, so the developer can start charging rent and the
city gets their tax revenue."

Ridge includes a
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4,800-square-foot clubhouse
with a swimming pool.

keeping the site open, not letting it get too wet to the point where
the roads were unusable," Oberdorfer says. "The fire department had
pretty strict requirements. They needed passable roadways in case
there was an emergency onsite."
Gravel was added to the access roads when additional support was
needed, and they were treated with lime to repel water. "The fact that
we met that challenge without too much difficulty says a lot for our
subcontractors working with us," Oberdorfer concludes.

Team Spirit
Oberdorfer attributes the success of the project to its entire team.
"We've had a lot of cooperation from the city, and the architect has
been very cooperative, and, of course, the developer, The Reliant
Group, has been good to work with," he says. "The developer obviously has an incentive to get done and not create roadblocks. Frances
Ouellette, the owner's representative, has been very good to work
with, keeps things moving and gives us what we need. She comes
out to the site and has meetings on a weekly basis."
Midstate Construction works mostly in northern California and
the San Francisco Bay area. A few of its projects have been approximately 100 miles south of San Jose, Calif., and in Sacramento,
Redding, Eureka and Crescent City, Calif.
The company works hard on its quality control. "We always like
to have as many eyes as we can checking things and making sure
things are square," Oberdorfer says. This includes the eyes of an onsite
superintendent, the assistant superintendent and the lead carpenter.
Subcontractors are a large part of the team and also help with
quality control. "As one trade comes in behind the other, if they find
something that is not right or needs to be corrected, they'll come let
us know, and we can make whatever repairs or corrections we need
to," Oberdorfer points out.
Another challenge has been keeping the construction site accessible during a winter that received more rainfall than in the previous
four years. "I think we did a pretty good job of mitigating that and

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