Construction is well underway on the new Hawaiian monk seal healthcare facility on Kailua-Kona! Take a look at the progress that has taken place in the past year!
The doors and roof are on the hospital now and the first pens were filled with water last week! Photos by Lloyd Lowry.
June 6, 2013
A lot of progress has been made on the construction of the new hospital! The general site grading is now complete and the main roadway is laid out. Construction of the structures and foundations is underway and the pool concrete foundations have been formed. In addition, concrete for the life support equipment has been poured and piping has been run between the pools! Photos by Lloyd Lowry.
March 15, 2013
The site is situated at the foot of Hualālai volcano and the surface consists of barely weathered basalt lava flows dating from 1,500 to 3,000 years ago. Over the next several weeks heavy equipment will break up the uneven lava flow, creating a new access road and grading the site in preparation to construct the foundations of the new pens and pools.
The construction work is expected to last approximately six months. The hospital is designed to hold as many as 10 Hawaiian monk seals at a time for medical treatment.