It’s day four of assembly and the First Light house is coming together faster than ever. This time back in May on Frank Kitts Park we were scrambling around in the mud assembling scaffolding. Now we have almost all the decking in and are starting on the planter boxes too.
Things are going just as well inside with the wall linings all going in smoothly. One exciting new element to arrive today was the concrete table (well tables plural as there is a mini version of the table outside too). Sadly we didn’t get the table ready in time for it to be in the house in Wellington but Daniel Starkey worked long hard hours back home to have ready in time to get on the ship (a good thing as at 200kg it would’ve been tricky to fit into our hand luggage).
The long hours of planning that took place before we came are really paying off with things getting done quickly but without stress. Everyone is having a great time as they work and we are enjoying getting to know the organizers as they come through the house and check things off.
Since the last update we have finished the canopy, installed the PV panels and put together a whole lot of scaffolding and decking. The temperature has dropped since the first couple of days, which is quite alright with us as it feels a little more like home.
It’s too soon to tell how we will do during the competition period just yet (though we have pretty high hopes) but we can announce that at this morning’s daily all team meeting the organizers said that our team was by far the best of the bunch when it comes to Health and Safety. Don’t worry. We won’t let the title go to our heads. We need to keep vigilant to make sure we retain the top spot and keep safe throughout assembly!
As we’ve mentioned before, a group from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, has bolstered our assembly team. The Canucks have been great, bringing experience and expertise while fitting right into the team dynamic.
Today was the last day on site for a number of them, leaving a large Canadian shaped hole in the team. The timing of their departure works out well with the majority of the work just about completed so if they stuck around much longer we’d run out of work for them! One of the team, Joel, will stay on and join our group staying at Joe’s place for the remainder of the competition and a few extra students will come over for the disassembly phase.
We’d like to extend a big thanks to the guys, they have been fantastic company, not to mention great workers and we are sorry they can’t stay on to see the house fully completed.
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Assembly is complete! »