Posts Tagged ‘Construction’

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I've been at the Museum sooooo long - longer than many of our interns have been alive. I do a little bit of everything as part of my job: care for the animals, work with the keepers and other staff, spend time with guests. Lucky me!
I spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes, or here after hours, but if you really want to see me, you'll have to sign-up for a behind-the-scenes program.

Pig Barn Building this week.

April 22nd, 2014

the pigs’ yard was torn down and rebuilt- it’s now newer, larger, and set back in the woods. This week they are getting a new barn. The finished product will be in the same theme as the rest of the Farmyard. Initial photos and design are below. Check out the farmyard during construction.

The pigs will be back when the work is complete.

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  1. What an adorable pig barn!

    Posted by Wendy
  2. Keeper Comment :

    Can’t wait for them to see their new house!!!

    Posted by Katy Harringer
  3. Can we have a pig housewarming party?

    Posted by Ranger Ro
  4. Director Comment :

    What did you have in mind Ro?

    Posted by Sherry Samuels
  5. Bring them some snacks, maybe a few decorations like new hay or new enrichment items.

    Posted by Ranger Ro

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by , Keeper
I have been working at the museum since 2003, and I feel fortunate to have a job where I can start my day with amazing animals surrounding me. I enjoy camping, hiking and rock climbing in my spare time when the weather is nice.
I work Tuesday through Saturday and spend a lot of time behind the scenes, but you might find me at a public program or feeding the farmyard animals in the afternoon.

Just a dream

January 13th, 2012

If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you already know that the animal department has been under a lot of construction for a while now. We’ve added a new extension to the building, gotten our kitchen remodeled, had new flooring installed to part of our hall, and most recently we have installed a large walk-in freezer.

Now, I say “most recently” very loosely. Why, you might ask?  Because the freezer parts have actually been here since September of last year, and were (mostly) assembled in October. Since then, the keepers have been waiting *patiently* for the freezer to be finished and running. As for now, it is just a pretty object that we get to look at every day as a distant dream of something that might be of use to us some time in the probably-not-near future.

The reason for the wait is because of the electrical work that needs to be finished. The freezer will be hooked up to a generator so that we can keep all of our frozen food safe during a power outage. This walk-in freezer is huge (approximately nine by fifteen feet), and once it is working it will actually replace four large chest freezers and another large standing freezer full of food that we currently have scattered throughout the department support hall and in (what will eventually be) our new surgery room. We will also move all of the 40 and 50 pound bags of unopened food we currently keep on metal shelves into the walk-in.  That’s a lot of food, so having the new freezer attached to a back-up generator is a big deal for us!

Once the electrical work is finally done (Sherry says it will all be completed in 3 weeks. Bwahahahaha!!!), the freezer roof will be added and we will start setting up the shelves and moving everything out of the old freezers and into the walk-in. Then a long chain of events will happen to eventually get our support hall back to normal…. which some of the keepers have never even experienced! (Keeper Aaron was hired 12 months ago and Keeper Kimberly started here 15 months ago and all they have ever known is the department being under construction!) At some point when all of this is done, our new surgery room will be usable, our old quarantine room will be a new computer work room, and our support hall will be free of clutter. Oh, what a dream!

Look at how pretty and shiny it is!

 

Inside the freezer. You can see the freezer doesn't have a roof on it.

 

 

The other side of the freezer. It's so big!

 

 

Here's two of the chest freezers on the support hall...

 

 

And here's the other two chest freezers...

 

And here's our large standing freezer that holds our many many boxes of mice and rats, which are used for our birds of prey, red wolves, snakes and other critters like opossums.

 

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  1. “…and our support hall will be free of clutter”

    I’ll believe that when I see photograhic proof!

    Posted by LarryB

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by , Keeper
I have been working at the museum since 2003, and I feel fortunate to have a job where I can start my day with amazing animals surrounding me. I enjoy camping, hiking and rock climbing in my spare time when the weather is nice.
I work Tuesday through Saturday and spend a lot of time behind the scenes, but you might find me at a public program or feeding the farmyard animals in the afternoon.

The thrills of working around construction….

September 19th, 2011

You may have seen the previous post that Karyn wrote about new flooring being installed on our support hall. Well, this week has been difficult for the keepers because everything is out of place and out of whack. However, even in light of the craziness that we are currently enduring, people are working through it like champs. In fact, we are trying to find amusement in the chaos wherever we can. The fact that we have to crawl through the small viewing windows of our snake cage exhibits just to gain access to an entire hall of animal exhibits is probably one of the most humorous (if you’re watching someone else crawl through) and annoying (if you’re the one doing the crawling) things that we are having to deal with. Here’s some pictures of us having some fun this morning as we work!

Our amazing volunteer, Annie, attempts to climb through the snake window first thing in the morning to get fresh water for one of our education critters.

Ding ding! Order up at the service window!

I decided to see if I could fit through the top window. Annie figured this was the perfect opportunity to get back at me for the photo I took of her!;)

"Hmmmmm... how should I go about this?"

 

At this point, I thought I might actually be stuck... but that would be way too embarrassing to ever live down with my co-workers, so I squeezed through.

It was THIS position that finally made me realize what a bad idea this was, and that I should have gone back instead of forward. Ouch!

Whew! The worst is over!

I decided to demonstrate another way to go through the windows on my way back out.

So far, so good...

OK, a bit hard on the knees and shins right here. I'm too old for this!

But while I'm here, I might as well get my exercise in for the day and do some push-ups. Hey, no gym tonight!

 

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  1. We told you it was construction but really, we just wanted to try some new keeper enrichment. :-)

    Posted by leslie
  2. I love that all of us have our unique ways of getting through those windows. I like going through feet first. It reminds me of how all of the bears go up/down the cliff differently.

    Posted by sarah
  3. Crack me up Marilyn, believe it or not you aren’t the only person to try the top window, however Intern Matt was a bit more graceful than you :)

    Posted by kimberly

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by , Keeper
I have been working at the museum since 2003, and I feel fortunate to have a job where I can start my day with amazing animals surrounding me. I enjoy camping, hiking and rock climbing in my spare time when the weather is nice.
I work Tuesday through Saturday and spend a lot of time behind the scenes, but you might find me at a public program or feeding the farmyard animals in the afternoon.

QuikPost: Moving right along!

April 4th, 2011

A lot of work has happened on the new building extension for the Animal Department.  The structure actually looks like a building now, and that’s always a good sign that construction is on its way to being finished (hopefully).  The Exhibits Department is also having space added onto their workshop, but I only got pictures of our rooms.


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by , Director
I've been at the Museum sooooo long - longer than many of our interns have been alive. I do a little bit of everything as part of my job: care for the animals, work with the keepers and other staff, spend time with guests. Lucky me!
I spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes, or here after hours, but if you really want to see me, you'll have to sign-up for a behind-the-scenes program.

QuikPost: Construction update

February 5th, 2011

It seems like another big step in the construction outside our office. A large pallet of drywall and studs were delivered. Contractors were also inside today to start to look at the plans for the new surgery room and the plans for the venting of gas from the anesthesia machine. Less than two month until it’s complete (although Kristen says not a chance. We have a bet- winner gets a free lunch)!

The new entry into the department will be through the door frame on the left.

some studs are already up

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  1. Volunteer Comment :

    I’m with Kristen. Not a chance (but I’ll just take a cup of coffee for my bet).

    Posted by Karyn Traphagen
  2. Director Comment :

    Jill: Since Henry did such a good job predicting the Super Bowl winner, please have him tell everyone when the construction will be finished!

    Posted by Sherry Samuels
  3. Keeper Comment :

    This is one bet I actually hope I lose– I want things to be done!

    Posted by Kristen Pormann

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by , Director
I've been at the Museum sooooo long - longer than many of our interns have been alive. I do a little bit of everything as part of my job: care for the animals, work with the keepers and other staff, spend time with guests. Lucky me!
I spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes, or here after hours, but if you really want to see me, you'll have to sign-up for a behind-the-scenes program.

Kitchen Update

January 5th, 2011

There’s been a lot of construction going on. Right outside our department it goes back and forth from being a muddy mess, gaping holes in the ground, big trucks moving big items, or sometimes not anything.  Last week, the concrete floor was laid. (New photos coming soon). In addition to all the outside work, we planned to have our kitchen over-hauled. The week before Christmas, we emptied out all the old, broken, and damaged cabinets in preparation for the new work to be done. You can see Joel, our contractor, modeling in the newly emptied room.

our empty kitchen with contractor Joel

We set up a temporary work space on the hall – the keepers still need to make diets for the animals. It’s been crowded, and far from perfect, but everyone is managing.

Temporary Kitchen set-up on hall

The walls all got cleaned up and coated with FRP. This will keep our walls in good shape and make them easier to clean.

Our new Kitchen

There is still a little more to do and then the big work of restocking and getting used to the new set-up. All in all, it’s a really good change for us.

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  1. Love those green counter tops!

    Posted by Leslie
  2. looks great!!

    Posted by Debbie
  3. Very nice!

    Posted by Åsa

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by , Keeper
I have been working at the museum since 2003, and I feel fortunate to have a job where I can start my day with amazing animals surrounding me. I enjoy camping, hiking and rock climbing in my spare time when the weather is nice.
I work Tuesday through Saturday and spend a lot of time behind the scenes, but you might find me at a public program or feeding the farmyard animals in the afternoon.

QuikPost: Just beaming with development

October 24th, 2010

OK, so the title is cheesy… but I think it speaks for itself. Here are  some pictures of the beams that have gotten put up for the extension on the building. Part of the new building will be the Animal Department support hall, while the other part will be an extension of the exhibits shop.

This is a view of the construction from down the service alley.

That is the current door to the animal support hall. Eventually, that door will lead to the new room.


The doors to the right are currently to the exhibits shop. Once the construction is complete, all the ouside space you see in this picture will be a new extension to the shop.

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by , Keeper
I have been working at the museum since 2003, and I feel fortunate to have a job where I can start my day with amazing animals surrounding me. I enjoy camping, hiking and rock climbing in my spare time when the weather is nice.
I work Tuesday through Saturday and spend a lot of time behind the scenes, but you might find me at a public program or feeding the farmyard animals in the afternoon.

The walls are going up!

September 15th, 2010

Well, they may not be walls, because I know nothing about construction. But something is going up!

Sherry recently did a post on the construction that is happening outside of our department support hall as we are extending the building. Well, yesterday they started to put up some of the bricks to the new addition, which is kind of cool because it starts to paint a picture of what this new part of the building might look like. As you can tell, the construction zone is a virtual maze of hazards and holes, so the area has been cordoned off for our safety. We will keep you posted on more developments!

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  1. Director Comment :

    The steel for the walls is being delivered in the next two weeks (possibly on Monday!)

    Posted by Sherry Samuels

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by , Director
I've been at the Museum sooooo long - longer than many of our interns have been alive. I do a little bit of everything as part of my job: care for the animals, work with the keepers and other staff, spend time with guests. Lucky me!
I spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes, or here after hours, but if you really want to see me, you'll have to sign-up for a behind-the-scenes program.

QuikPost: Construction outside our office

August 11th, 2010

It’s a mess outside the animal department support space right now due to construction. It’s great that our area will get some additional space, but last week I couldn’t even walk outside out door- I was met with large tubes (about 2′ diameter), piles of rocks, construction equipment, and mud. It’s now just flat mud, which isn’t much fun either. The next stage is pouring footers, which should be just as bad as this phase.

We’ll keep you posted and we’ll obviously show the finished results which are due the end of the year.

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