Blue Goose Fruit Shed's new roof project is completed

$110,000 project funded by community donations
By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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With the completion of the “Roof the Goose” project, the historic Blue Goose Fruit Shed has gotten added protection from the elements. The first phase of the project saw the installation of the regal blue interlocking metal roof on the event center portion of the 63-year-old former packing shed in October 2006. The building is owned by the non-profit South Placer Heritage Foundation. According to Randy Elder, the Foundation’s president, the cost of the first phase was $55,000. Late last year, installation of the portion covering the remainder of the building, including Blue Goose Produce and the Loomis News office, was finished at a cost of $110,000. The entire project was financed, Elder said, by “cash contributions from W.R. Grace and numerous local benefactors, as well as small and large donations.” Those donations made possible replacement of the original 21,000 square-foot corrugated metal roofing, dating to 1945. The material was provided by Loomis Metals, and the roofing contractor was Lawrence Roofing, both located in Loomis. “We are fortunate we were able to work with local contractors,” Elder said. In the first section completed, the old roof was removed, plywood was laid, and the new roofing was installed. The second phase was done differently. Elder credits Lawrence Roofing with the idea of installing the new roof over the existing roof, which Elder said saved the Foundation over $50,000. “The roofing contractor had a tremendous challenge in putting on the Taylor Road side of the new roof, due to the uneven surface of the old roof,” Elder explained. The roofers had to custom make wooden pieces over half of the new roof, to make it level. “We’re very grateful they took the extra time to do that. They went above and beyond what they expected,” he said. Mark Foley, who owns Blue Goose Produce in the fruit shed and handles rentals in the event center, is pleased the project has been completed. “The roof was definitely needed,” Foley said. “I’m pleased with the way it has dressed up the building.” Improvements at the Blue Goose will continue in 2009. The Foundation’s board of directors will review goals at their meeting later this month.