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Alfond W2 Ocean Engineering Lab

Location:
Orono, ME
Completed:
2015

The wave tank houses a 30-meter-long, 10-meter-wide by 5-meter-deep wave basin, holding approximately 330,000 gallons of water, providing a facility for wind and wave simulation, to scale, for various offshore platforms.

Scope of Work

Cianbro served as Construction Manager for a new 12,750-square-foot addition to the existing Offshore Wind Laboratory, comprising a 9,000-square-foot wave tank and 3,750 square feet for robotics. The addition is approximately 45 feet high to accommodate the Tunnel Positioning System, which is similar in height to an overhead bridge crane.

Project Details

  • Managed sitework, including mass excavation and backfill for the wave basin; new underground electrical power feed; and water, sewer, and storm drain systems
  • Constructed wave basin using shotcrete
  • Cast-in-place foundations
  • Fabricated and erected the structural steel superstructure
  • Installed metal insulated wall panels
  • Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) roofing
  • Installed complete heating and air conditioning systems
  • Installed electrical lighting and power controls

Lean, Innovative, and Unique Project Solutions

The nine-month accelerated construction schedule occurred in tandem with daily college classes. Precise coordination with The University of Maine, as well as on-site team members and trade partners, was critical to eliminating any impact on the students and faculty as a result of project operations.