And just like that, after more than four years of planning, design, redesign, work, pain and stress, a button was gently pushed with zero fanfare and we had seawater onto site – complete anticlimax.
Our seawater system is designed like the building to be a combination of straightforward and simple, coupled with advanced technology. Sophisticated pump starters control the pump systems which which give us lots of control, feedback and energy efficiency on the pumps.
We have four intakes,two above the summer thermocline and two below the thermocline. Vertical turbine pumps built by ITT Gould, drawing from low on the tide level “push” water up into 20 micron screen drum filters built locally by PRA Aquaculture in Nanaimo.
From the drum filters clean water falls directly into 1500 gallon vaults below from which Fybroc Pumps operating at higher pressures send water to the building and in future other areas on site as required.
Crew from Archie Johnstone Plumbing and Heating installing one of the secondary pumps.
Getting a nice seawater misting while making sure that all the backwash nozzles on the drum filters were working properly.
The drum filters, pump controllers and secondary pumps have been housed in a commercial greenhouse on the lower section of site.
Up top, blue cementitous panels are going onto the upper floor exterior.
Millwork, such as this projection/media cabinet in the conference room are being installed.
Drywall and paint is now complete throughout the building.
Decking is going on outside.
Concrete floors are being polished.
Our new entrance ramp – built by Express Custom Trailer in Parksville is installed.
In the mechanical room all the systems are being flushed, tested and programmed. Here, Daniel (Stantec) and Tom (ESC Automation) check pump noise in one of the geo-exchange pumps at first start up.
At times its looking like organized chaos – but we’re on track to be ready for our first event in just over a month!