The final components of our Extech facade were the doors. Specially designed for NMLC, each door is twelve feet high, six feet wide, and 600 pounds in weight. Also made of translucent Extech material, the doors are secured in a heavy metal frame and swing outward in “carriage door” style. Heavy bolts secure the doors to the concrete wall when not in use. Later, a small loading platform with stairs may be added. The front doors will serve as a secondary access to NMLC’s new marine animal hospital. A roll-up metal “garage door” style door with a ramp and loading dock at the rear of the facility will serve as the primary loading/unloading door to bring in dolphins and small whales.
Many thanks to Extech-Voegle for a product that is both stunning and functional, to cosestudi for their brilliantly creative design, to W.W. Reich for excellent general construction and project management, and especially to Target Construction for taking on a new challenge and executing it masterfully. Thanks to this team, NMLC’s new marine animal hospital is a place of beauty as well as healing. A final thank you to NMLC’s Brian Moore, who threw his job description out the window and is pitching in wherever necessary to save money and get our hospital open as quickly as possible – even donning a hard hat and helping to install Extech!