Construction Update 10.08.27

Front Panorama 100827 - Outdoor Classroom

Almost completed outdoor teaching area off to east side of the building with building behind. We are really pleased with how the machine operator from AJ Project Management was able to build this into the hill using boulders from the local Horne Lake quarry. This will be a spectacular area for teaching and dialogues with an impressive view of Baynes Sound and the Beaufort Mountain range. Locally cut sandstone slabs will complete the bench seating.

Click through for more photos from this week.

Front of Building

Note new steel for outside decks going up and completed boulder walls that help the building transition to landscape and path leading into outdoor class area (previous photo)

East End 100828

Note the new deck structure which wraps around the conference room. The temporary entrance has been moved to here. The main entrance will later be where the ladder is now. Topsoil made on site, from on-site sand, peat and wood waste is being spread and the rainwater collection swale curving to left is almost done.

Rainwater catchment swale

This rainwater catchment swale will be used to collect rainwater that will then be stored on site and used as a reservoir for fire sprinklers, fire department supply and grey water fro flushing toilets, significantly cutting our use of potable water.

Inside hallway 100827

Steel beams being installed which will support the viewing mezzanine that looks down into research labs.

Site Overview 10.08.27

Note the oyster shells being packed down in the lowest parking lot to make a permeable, ecologically friendly, material reuse and appropriate parking lot surface treatment.

Diving in front of station

Out on the beach Divers from Advanced Sub-sea systems have been busy this week completing a repair and final weighting and jetting of the seawater pipelines in front of the station.

Chetlo Aground

When we started final anchoring earlier this year we found a kink in one of the 6″ lines at the transition from intertidal to subtidal. Low tides this week helped us by being able to splice in a new section at low tide before burying at high tide. In this photo our student built research vessel the “Chetlo” is aground at low tide as we complete a repair. The Chetlo has turned out to be a very effective diver support vessel.

Pipeline Jetting

One side of a a silt fence that was installed, can be seen here keeping silt from the jetting process from extending across the oyster lease.

Commercial Dive Team

The good humored dive crew from Advanced Sub-Sea Systems pose for an end of job portrait on the Chetlo after a week of hard work on the pipelines. Left to right: Kip, Sam, Jeff, Murray (holding mascot Louie), Chris and Kevin (foreground).

More project photos are on our FLICKR site

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