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Cavern

Fun Facts About Our Cavern

  • 19,000 square feet of usable space in the cavern.
  • Thickness of ceiling is 16" solid cement.
  • Thickness of center supporting wall 32".
  • Method used in building caves is known as the “Cut & Fill” method. Forms were built in the proper shape then placed in hole. Then cement was then poured into the forms.
  • Project started 10/9/99.
  • Project ended 7/2001, taking 20 months to complete.
  • 700 tons of rebar were used in the formation of the cavern.
  • Temperature in the cavern is an average of 55 - 60 degrees.
  • The original cavern design concept was developed by Robert L. Hall.
  • Architect - Tim Woodle of Pults & Associates in San Luis Obispo, CA.
  • It took 40 hours for the stress program to be run by Brooke Ramson Associates of Fresno, CA.
  • Contractor of caverns was Nick Pokrajac of Templeton, CA.
  • Artist Steve Kalar and Margaret Burrell designed the distressed granite appearance of the cavern using 7 different paint concepts. Steve Kalar and Margaret Burrell also designed and crafted the iron wall sconces featured in the cavern.
  • Barrels, in the cavern are stacked 3 high.
  • Barrels, along the center of the cavern are stacked 4 high.
  • The cavern has a capacity of 289 guests for events.
  • The cavern was built to withstand an 8.5 earthquake.