A group of University of Colorado Denver students work on a special construction project for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service for use in Antarctica.
The students, from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, designed two buildings that will be used for scientific research.
“This project is extremely specialized in the sense that Antarctica is a rather harsh and extremely inaccessible environment. So the structures are pre-engineered structures that we build here in Denver and then we’re going to tear them down completely, they each have to be modular. So they’re basically broken down into little building blocks that can then be shipped out to the islands and a little type of inflatable boat has to drive, piece by piece, each of those structures to that remote island, where they’re gonna be pieced together” , said Rick Sommerfeld, workshop director of Colorado Building, a design and construction program at the University of Colorado. “Scientists are studying krill populations and the predatory species that feed on these populations, primarily penguins and fur seals. The students here are therefore designing the last two buildings of a four-building project for Antarctic scientists.
Sommerfeld said that because current students are working to complete their coursework, CU Denver alumni have been given the opportunity to make the special delivery.
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