site.btaDay 64: Building New Home for Bulgarian Polar Scientists Is Underway
The Bulgarian Antarctic scientists are awaiting their new home at the Bulgarian St Kliment Ohridski Antarctic Base - a laboratory unit comprised of three segments that will rise on Pesyakov Hill on Livingston Island.
The unit will be a one-storey building with a floor area of 355 sq. m. A clothes drying area will be located to the left of the entrance hall, which will also function as a changing room to prevent the researchers from bringing snow and mud into the premises.
The building will have four bedrooms with two single beds each. The total bed capacity can be doubled if needed by converting the single beds to bunk beds. The dormitory will have two bathrooms.
The middle segment will house a conference area for multimedia presentations. The segment on the right will house three laboratories to meet the needs of scientists working in geology, geophysics, biology, hydrobiology, microbiology, etc.
The building is designed to clear itself of accumulating snowdrifts. To this end, it will be placed on above the ground to ensure a strong wind flow blowing the snow away. The main structure will be constructed from nearly 45 tonnes of steel. The steel columns will rest on 32 concrete foundation steps deeply anchored into the hillside. The walls will be constructed of 16-cm panels. The floors will be plywood covered with heterogeneous vinyl flooring.
diesel generators will supply the building with electricity and heating. A photovoltaic installation on the roof will provide additional power. The project also includes the construction of a back-up heating system with hot air units and an electric heater.
The head of the construction team of the new laboratory unit is Penka Stancheva.
The building is planned for completion within 2 to 3 years with funds under the National Roadmap for Research Infrastructure funded by the Ministry of Education and Science.
BTA's Daily News editor Konstantin Karagyozov is the only member of the media who is travelling on board the ship to Livingston Island and back, and will cover the Bulgarian expedition on site throughout the stay in Antarctica.
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