Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Boat Building

Some of you probably don't know that I have two identities. In the blog world I am known as "Cool Breeze", keeper of all that was ever cool and will ever be cool. In the real world, I am known as "The Surveyor", at least that is what BHE calls me anyway.

I wanted to share a little bit of what I do with the world and I couldn't think of a project to share with you until this one came to mind. This particular job lasted a good while for us and is probably one of the bigger ones we have worked on in our business tenure of the last 13 years.

The picture really doesn't do it justice. From the air, this building is shaped like a football. Both sides are curved and it is six stories high. There is also a building adjacent to this that was much too big to include in the picture. The James River is located behind the new building.



Below is a portion of an article that I found online describing the new building:

by Peter Galuszka

Rising just behind the World War I-era Victory Arch on the historic waterfront of Newport News, the building has a dramatic presence. Its curved, glass-enclosed angles mimic the lines of a very large ship. When the $58 million Virginia Advanced Shipbuilding and Carrier Integration Center (VASCIC) opens in July, nautical themes will truly come into play.


Advanced nautical themes, that is. Navy personnel, engineers from nearby Newport News Shipbuilding and researchers from 11 Virginia universities will get to work developing a complex system of radars and other electronics for the (CVN-X), the next generation of nuclear aircraft carrier whose construction is expected within a few years. The system will guide carrier strike aircraft to target, coordinate with other ships and identify airborne, surface and underwater threats. “The warfare system will be the future of all warfare systems for the next class of carrier,” says Irwin F. Edenzon, vice president for Technology Development & Carrier Fleet Support at Newport News Shipbuilding.



What did I do on the job you ask? We provide all the layout for building construction: Wall locations along with steel support columns and all foundation locations, all new site improvements, curbs and parking areas and storm water management facilities.The site covered approximately 6 acres with a tolerance level of 1/4 inch.

15 comments:

  1. Very impressive. Surveying is a noble profession...so says my old boss and still good friend.

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  2. 1/4 inch??? Wow. And I apologize for putting you through al the plucking and incontinence stuff.

    PS--Don't go to my blog now. Seriously.

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  3. Cool! But I gotta say that I'd be more inclined to call it "The Football Building" than "The Boat Building"! But I'm weird like that!

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  4. How cool. I vote football building too. And by the way- as a Falcons fan- HUGE Falcons fan. The dang Cowboys are getting on my nerves. Ha.

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  5. Kidding that I am an ATL fan or are you referring to the AMAZING season we are having? Don't wake me up. If it's a dream I want to keep having it. Ryan is a phenom- hope you have had a chance to see him play. He has his best game of the season on Sunday despite our loss and is on target to hit or surpass 3500 yards as a rookie. We are planning on heading to a playoff game if we make it and we think we can afford it. We've already been to one game this season. We go to at least one each year in our pursuit of visiting every single NFL stadium. Am I a good wife or what???

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  6. Very cool! I've seen that building - we lived in Newport News last winter.

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  8. Check out the comment above.

    Can I charge them for advertising on my blog?

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  9. I know you are kidding. Forgive me- I love to talk about football. I get excited. I wish you guys could have gotten out to Texas to see the old stadium- I think this is their last season there, right?

    NFL Sunday Ticket, my friend. It will change your life :)

    Okay, I can't comment here anymore unless I go over and put two more on BHE :)

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  10. Is this the "advanced shipyard?" The building is very impressive. I never get down to the N. News waterfront.

    If you figure out how to charge them, you will earn a spot teaching a seminar at the Virginia Blogapalooza. But you can't charge us....

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  11. Steel building kitsoptions exist for both homes and businesses. You can purchase kits for extra storage, sheds, garages, and even metal houses. There are also a lot of commercial and industrial options. You can find kits for airplane hangars, extra storage, larger buildings, and even correctional

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  12. I'm impressed!
    And btw, you are one lucky CB to have BHE for your other half...she's adorable!

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  13. Oh and maybe you should get her a couple of rats for Christmas...I hear she loves them! ;o)

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