Work on the Calnash Ag Event Centre’s new Phase III Cattle Pavilion is rapidly being completed.
Construction began in June on the project, which encloses the area between the main arena and the barn.
The recent rain only shut down the Eagle Builders crew for about two days, and then things got chugging along again.
“It’s really amazing how much they’ve been able to get done,” said Dennis Pugh, manager of the Calnash Ag Event Centre.
The north side of the new enclosure’s roof has been completed, and installation of the roof on the south side will start on Monday, July 29.
The metal comes in a roll and is then fed into a machine that’s on site and it forms the panels for the roof.
“It’s a terrific little machine,” said Pugh.
Insulation goes on before the panels, and both are done congruently.
The north side of the building was about 110 feet long and the south side, which a little longer at at 154 feet, is expected to take a bit more time.
It’s the insulating and panelling that is the slowest part of the process, but the project is on track to be completed around the target date of August. 15 — which is a good thing because the Alberta Barrel Racing Association finals are Aug. 20 to 25 and will utilize part of the new pavilion.
After the insulation and panels are on, eight chimney fans will be installed along the roof, in order to circulate and exhaust air, providing a healthy atmosphere for the cattle underneath. Some electrical work will then need to be completed.
The north side is enclosed with a wall, but the south side will remain open, with eight feet by 26 feet open spaces to provide further ventilation.
The areas will be closed off with doors during the winter months and inclement weather.
The last step will establishing a water supply for the structure. Strategically placed water accesses will be installed for the cattle and for other water requirements.
“The community is really lucky to have this facility and the people with the foresight to do it.”