Guy Hut Update - August 19
Big Progress - Walls and Floors
After years of planning and months of construction on infrastructure, the Louise and Richard Guy Hut is beginning to look like a hut. ACC staff, volunteers and professional welders and building teams have been busy this past week finalizing the steel beams, building a floor and erecting the first three walls. That's right, the Guy Hut has walls!
Steel posts were connected to the concrete foundation last week which was followed by the steal beams that form the bottom structure of the hut and the floor of the hut's first level. The beams were lifted by helicopter long lines and lowered into position where they were bolted together by the team. Bow-Cor Custom Welding of Canmore fabricated all of the steel structures and supplied a crew on site for bolting together their work.
With the steel structure in place and everything square, the pre-fabricated floor panels were installed. The floor panels are made from the same material as the walls which is an insulated polystyrene foam core surrounded by magnesium oxide panels. The panels are built by Titan Wall and installed by the experts from Mag Pro.
Just like any summer in the mountains, the conditions have been a mix of good and...not so good. Beautiful alpine days allow the crews to work full days and make big progress but harsh storms are always a reality. Last Friday the work site got hit by a nasty summer storm involving rain, snow and high winds. The crews continue to battle it out.
Walls will continue going up and the hut will be inspected later this week by a structural engineer. The walls will be followed by further exterior insulation, door and window installation and roofing and siding. Testing of the remote monitoring systems continues at the ACC National Office in Canmore. Work on the interior of the hut will continue through the fall and into the winter.