In October 2019 San Juan Island National Historical Park broke ground on the construction of the new American Camp Visitor Center. During this project, the American Camp Visitor Center area – including the access road from Cattle Point Road, the visitor center, parking lot, and general area – are closed to all entry. The expected opening of the visitor center is projected for spring 2021.
June 22nd, eight months after beginning the visitor center construction project, and we see in the photos that follow a project growing ever closer to completion.
This week, the concrete plaza slab pours and formwork at the entry are getting closer to completion. Roofing work is now essentially complete. The trellis work (overhead purlin installation) is continuing at the interpretive plaza and is also nearly complete. A major piece of work advanced this week at the site of
This week’s work has no discernable theme apart from a great deal of focus outdoors. With superb weather, we began work on the septic field, clearing and trenching for leech lines. The concrete pad outside of the main entrance has been poured, trellis work at the interpretive plaza progresses, and raised seam roofing is being installed. As a hoped for September or October completion draws nearer, we see the structure beginning to take on a character of its own. Rangers eagerl
Formwork for the pedestrian walkway connecting Interpretative Plaza with the V.C. • Pref pipe installation for storm water drainage completed for westward extension of rockery wall at lower parking lot; archeologist monitoring earth disturbance in this area • Electrical rough-in work proceeding • Plywood panel installation for board and batten application moved to east and west walls of the V.C.finished on north façade and proceeding to other elevations
As progress on the visitor center moves ahead, we will begin to see fewer major milestones being crossed. The reason is simple, we have made tremendous progress, and most major components are now in place. The work now being done is refining the pieces that are in place as we move toward an expected September-October completion date. Great news!
This week, electrical infrastructure work (conduit, j-boxes, fixtures, etc.) was ongoing within the temperature electrical meter installed west of the site. Installation of storefront windows at the vestibule moved forward while a surveyor was on site to establish grades for pedestrian walkways and curb delineation at the drop off/entry to the building. Excavation, along with archeological monitoring, has been ongoing at the west end entry of American Camp Road. Backfilling o
Focus for the week of May 19th was both internal and external. Outside, utility trenching and services burial made significant headway with a major cable burial along the entrance road. Archaeological monitoring is enabling work to proceed on pace, and with the confidence that work is preserving important historical artifacts that may be found. Trellis work on the front of the structure is nearing completion as the concrete pours for the interpretive plaza continue. Lighting
Work proceeds on schedule. As the ground has dried enough to accommodate, work is proceeding on the rerouted entry road from Cattle Point Drive. Additionally, rough in electrical and plumbing continues, inside and out, while HVAC installation of duct work has begun.
With some fairly good weather, and the addition of an archaeological monitor, we once again extended our work outside. Utilities are beginning to make their way into the site as well, and the structure is being enclosed as windows are installed – doors are next. Colors have been chosen for some parts of the building that remained outstanding, and the interpretive plaza which will be a centerpiece are now taking their final form. Exciting stuff!
This week weather was at times good, and similarly challenging, but with the option to work under cover and outside, good progress continued. Water Resistant Barrier (WRB) Installation continues on all elevations, while metal flashing work started at window penetrations. Plumbing rough-in work within mechanical and rest room locations has begun as well. Concrete pours for the Interpretative Plaza pathway and reinforced circular depressed slab to support pig sculpture proceed.
With great weather, great momentum, and a steady stream of materials and supplies arriving daily, the project continues to come together in impressive ways. While the work this week can’t be described, yet, as “finishing touches”, it reflects the attention to detail that we expect will carry through to a refined finished product. The building’s lines have begun to reveal themselves, and hints at what the interior exhibit space will look like are revealing themselves.
Project focus for this week continued to be on framing, sheathing, soffit, facia, and outlooker. As you can see, the building continues to look more and more like a building rather than the project we have termed it thus far. This will continue to be the case as roofing, siding, windows, and internal finishes are installed as a prelude to exhibits, furniture, and the like.
Work on the visitor center continues, albeit at a slower pace than normal, and with fewer resources than previously. With the tremendous weather we have been experiencing we have been making great progress with the resources we do have. With those resources focused on the main structure momentum continues to be good.
Work on the project this week has seen some impact from both wet weather, and the developing health emergency declared by Governor Inslee on March 22nd. Project managers from parties involved with the project convened via teleconference to discuss the governor's order and implications of the order for this project.
With the arrival of lumber to the site, the building’s wall framing has commenced. In order to prepare for the framing, mudsills were installed on the foundation walls first, so the wall frames have material to anchor to.
The plumbing and electrical infrastructure within the sub-base of building foundation was completed this week so that the installation of rigid insulation, a vapor barrier, and reinforcing steel could be installed for next weeks cement slab pour.
This week, construction work completes sub-base material for the foundation in preparation for the start of laying plumbing and electrical conduit. Foundation and support work for the trellis and roof canopy have started.
The formwork operations and perimeter footings commenced with the delivery of reinforcing steel, building the footing formwork, and pouring the cement footers. The contractors got a lot of work done this week, just in time for the holiday break to resume construction efforts in the New Year.
Once the Visitor Center footprint excavation was completed, a sub-base aggregate was filled for further footprint construction. Excavation efforts continued in the larger construction site area with movement to the lower area parking lot area.
Tree removal activities continue in the areas for the new access road and visitor center location with some trees harvested off island, while others remain for site rehabilitation once construction is done. After the initial “snapped” and survey marking of the visitor center footprint, the excavation proceeded carefully with scraping and removing dirt in 6”-8” intervals to allow for through archeological examination.
In order to improve the safety and clarity of the entrance access road off Cattle Point Road intersection the access road to Visitor Center area was moved and realigned. The new realignment moves the intersection approximately 300 feet east, away from the blind turn. In doing so, several trees were removed this week in preparation for that access road construction.