Below: Early stages of pump house construction
After the concrete flooring in the pump house cured, the pump station components where delivered on an 18-wheeler. A large crane was then used to "drop in" the pad, control panel, and pumps as seen below.
Timing the installation of the station with the roof construction was critical to ensure the new hardware remained protected from the winter elements. The new roof is shingled with cedar planks which should age nicely over time. This will help give the pump house an antiquated look - our goal is to have a quiet, unobtrusive building opposed to one that stands out.
Leibold was able tie in the pump house outtake line to the irrigation system last week during the warm weather. This is perhaps the most important leg of the pipeline, as it serves as the main artery to the entire irrigation system. As water exits the pump house, it goes through the schedule-40 steel "Z pipe" into the 14" mainline. This particular mainline requires a 6' deep x 60' long trench, as shown below.
Our plan is to use a combination of cultured stone and a darker, sand-colored stucco to finish the building exterior. Interior work remaining includes some electrical wiring, insulating, painting, and other details.
We will keep you updated as we finish things up, so visit the blog frequently.