The real challenges were with installation:
Spotted Owl Mating Season
Because this is a protected area where spotted owls mate, the window of time for installation is very short (September 16-January 30). This falls in the rainy season, which makes the steep slopes very slippery and soil erosion an influencing factor.
Wheelbarrow Only Access
The access way is one single trail where construction equipment is not allowed. The trail leads foot traffic directly on top of some exposed redwood tree roots that would be damaged if any construction equipment were used.
Significant Environmental Considerations
Celik and his team worked closely with environmental experts to determine the best way to install. With assistance from the local fire crew (who are inmates at the local prison), they were able to lower the building down from above, using the slope and some strategically placed branches to help slide the structure down the hill. “Because it was so lightweight and was sliding on organic matter (rather than on the soil itself), the building didn’t get damaged—much to our surprise,” Celik explained. “This shelter worked really well. We were worried that when we tipped the building on its side, the building might collapse, but it was so well built that those fears were totally unfounded.”
Highway Lane Closures Needed
They had to close lanes of the highways to accommodate the crane used to position the building. “Fortunately, it took less than a day to install because the shelter was well-built, durable and all ready to go,” Celik reported.