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Powell Hut update 2 May 2019.
Building work almost complete. The 3 latest photos show:
1. General east outside view. Scaffolding for plumber to fix roof gutter.
2. Kitchen and social area painted and ready for cooking benches.
3. The south 12-bunk bunkroom with the cool sloping ladders to the upper level.
The builder expects to be off-site in next few weeks but the hut cannot open until it receives final sign-off from the Building Consent Authority. And before this happens a fire alarm system (with its solar power) needs to be installed and a decision made on grey-water disposal. So DOC are saying prob end June opening.
A couple of unusual features of the building. Having a fire alarm system will be interesting. It certainly will increase occupant safety but may cause unintended problems. And it is a significant extra cost to DOC who must fly a technician to the hut every 6 months to maintain the alarm in compliance with the Building Code.
Additionally there is a passive ventilation system installed – principally to remove internal condensation from breathing and cooking. This makes sense especially for building maintenance purposes given moisture causes problems with the building structure in the long term. But because it cannot be adjusted it may make for a cold hut in winter even though the hut is fully insulated.
But regardless it will be a wonderful front-country facility – hopefully it will be well appreciated and visitors will pay their fees to offset the $750,000 price tag.
And again as usual a big thanks to the guys from McIntyre Contractors for assistance with the photos and the info.
Harry’s story with his route description has been updated in the WTMC newsletter with some photos and a short video.
Powell Hut update at 23 March 2019.
Another misty day but pleasantly calm.
Six photos show: interior of hut looking in the north door; windows in the east (front) bunkrooms; windows in the east kitchen/ social area; south side; west (rear) side; and the north side.
All the windows have been installed but some flashings still to be fixed in place.These will essentially complete the outside of the building except for some additional sub-floor bracing.
The front bunkrooms will have a great view of the sunrise and will likely be the first-choice rooms.
All the interior wall and ceiling insulation is installed. The woodburner from the old hut will be removed and replaced by a new one of the same model.
So starting to look like a real hut now – but still plenty of fit-out work required inside before it is finished. The front deck still seems HUUGE.
[thanks to McIntyre Construction for assistance with photos]
Powell Hut update at 19 March 2019.
Misty day – builders too busy to take photos or talk.
Some more windows fitted (at rear and north end of building). Apparently the window fixing and flashing details for the severe weather exposure are very awkward and require special skills and are slow going.
Photo shows very clearly (?) the difference in outside appearance from previous visit. No info on how much work done inside. But apparently end April completion date unlikely to be met.
Further updates to come.
Powell Hut update at 18 February 2019.
Roof cladding fixed – but no final external cladding to walls yet. There will be a large mostly roofed balcony running the full length of the east side. Refer photos for general view and north and south ends of hut.
Next visit will try and get one of the builders to take a few photos of the inside.
Further updates to come – stay tuned.
Powell Hut update at 7 February 2019. Wall and roof framing in place. RAB board (rigid air-barrier) mostly fixed to exterior of walls. Refer photo.
Currently there are 6 builders on site – working for 10 days (living in a dog-box sized shed) then 4 days off.
Note that access to the site is prohibited (as it should be for a construction site) so I gave my camera to a builder from McIntyre Construction who kindly took the photo from the heli-pad.
Further updates to come.