A Beautiful End to the Day

Sun SettingLooking west from toward the end of the Special Needs building, the sun sets before the work day is over!  The short periods of mild weather are providing opportunity to pour our final outdoor concrete yard pads.  It looks like we get them all poured before there is any frost in the ground!
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Milking System Installation

Maternity AreaThe installation of the milking system for the maternity area is underway.The translucent ventilation curtains on the side walls provide lots of natural light.  Photocells will and zone light controls will allow rows of lights to be turned off when there is sufficient natural light.

Utility Room

Utility Rooms

Lots of work underway in the utility rooms, like the water supply room above where well pump controls, water treatment, softener and meters are located – it’s a busy room!


Setting up house

Interior finishes in the animal housing areas is ongoing including the installation of gates, penning, rubber mats, and stall mattresses. Below, a mattress is being tested…..
crew member lays down on and tests mattress

Just checking!

Coming Together

Construction activity has increased significantly over the past month as equipment installation and interior finishes ramp up.  With just about every trade working at the site our General Contractors have their hands full managing everyone in the most efficient way!
Yesterday, the preparation for in-coming electrical service was inspected and approved, so connection to the grid can now be scheduled by Hydro One.  Heating and ventilation systems are being installed across all areas where structure is complete.  The pouring of the complex concrete floors in lactating housing and replacement housing continues.  Exterior concrete pads and grading is well underway, and the water supply wells have been drilled.  The complex milking system that integrates 4 separate milking systems and two bulk tanks is well underway, and will start to move quickly as wall and floor finishes in the mechanical spaces are complete.  In the staff centre, drywall is nearly complete, and tile work has begun in the change rooms.  As a reminder that fall is here and cooler weather is approaching, the propane supply tanks were installed yesterday – lets hope we don’t need them for many more weeks!
Main Lobby

Main Lobby

The main lobby is taking shape! South facing windows provide lots of natural light to welcome staff and guests.  The wall opposite the windows will be a recognition and information wall including video displays.
Maternity and calf rooms are taking shape

Maternity and calf rooms are taking shape

Standing in the alley between the maternity pens, looking south toward the calf rooms and calf feed prep room being framed.
There are lots of great photos on the twitter feed showing installations around the building check them out at @milk1elora.