This is the last week we have to work at Burke Park, and due to weather, it looks like we have to finish tomorrow! Today we made a lot of progress on a lot of different sectors of the project, including finishing the biomes. The right boulders were delivered to the montane and grassland biomes near the end of the day. Scroll through to see our progress.
Early in the morning, with the deck all framed, two students arrange the composition of the deck boards.
Adding an extra support near the west fold was no small feat. These students crawled underneath the structure and worked with about one foot of clearance in which to swing a hammer.
The formwork for the concrete seat wall that edges a central mound was much more complex than the formwork for the deck’s foundation and included braces that bridged from the surrounding land.
We finally poured the concrete seatwall! The water drained out of the trench over the weekend which allowed us to continue with the formwork.
This is ipe (prounounced ee-pay), a type of hardwood that is very durable to weather and wear. It also happens to be incredibly photogenic.
Side note: the delivery of new boulders marks the finishing of the biomes!
The deck towards the end of the day. Framing is built and a few boards have been screwed on. We’re almost there!