Due to public health efforts to contain COVID-19, the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum are temporarily closed until April 20 or later.
Wow! Things are changing every day and everyone is hard at work. This week it has seemed as though more work is going on outside than inside, but we all know that is really not the case.
As soon as you turn onto the Creation Museum property you see the construction first hand with a new planter box going in on the left-hand side of the drive to shield the new parking lot from the entrance. The guys have been working hard to get the concrete walls up and we all have been learning more about concrete blankets and how they work to help the ground not freeze. The planter box almost looks like a lane in a swimming pool, but this planter box is going to look so much better than any swimming pool when it is finished.
Outside of Noah's Cafe work has begun on the two tier deck that will go down to the lake from the former patio, which has now been enclosed. This deck will be a wonderful addition to the Cafe and many folks are looking forward to eating out on the deck and looking over the beautiful nature trails. Kim is doing an outstanding job overseeing these projects.
Once you enter the newly enclosed Portico you immediately see the fabricators and contractors working on fireproofing the drywall and stone that are being installed. Then as you head further inside you will see the Guest Services staff working hard in their new offices - hard to believe just a few weeks ago this area was a closet!
Inside Noah's Cafe a new walk-in refrigerator and freezer has been installed in preparation for the large numbers of people who will be eating in this one-of-a-kind dining experience.
As you head down the Creation Walk you see plenty of leaves 25,000 of them! Volunteers and staff have been working tirelessly on the leaves for the Tree of Life. You also see dinosaurs being prepared to be placed behind trees and foliage almost ready to be seen by visitors.
Also, as you walk along the Creation Walk you can see different work areas as construction continues to move forward and the fabricators are in need for more room to ensure the progress of construction stays on track. Everyone is doing a great job to ensure we open on May 28th.