Today, construction workers at the National Marine Life Center (NMLC) in Bourne will begin installing an unusual wall – one made completely of translucent polycarbonate plastic by a company called Extech®.
The Extech wall is made up of two-foot wide interlocking polycarbonate plastic panels. Each panel has a honeycomb-like cell structure that increases durability and provides a high insulation value relative to similar products. This Extech wall offers natural daylighting throughout the hospital, reducing stress and promoting healing in the animal patients. The light provided will also allow NMLC to use less artificial light and thereby reduce its electricity costs.
Once the wall is installed, a mural made of vinyl decals will be applied. “The mural features the various species of marine animals that strand on Cape Cod,” explained Kathy Zagzebski, NMLC President and Executive Director. “We are excited about the artwork and believe it will be a beautiful enhancement for Main Street, Buzzards Bay.”
The architects who designed the mural and NMLC’s new hospital are Ginette Castro and Michael Oleksak of cosestudi in Rochester, MA (www.cosestudi.com). NMLC’s General Contractor is W.W. Reich, Inc. of Mashpee, MA (www.wwreich.com). Extech® is manufactured in Pennsylvania (www.extech-voegele.com).