The Ark Encounter construction site is beautiful in the winter. Praise God for some gorgeous weather we’ve had recently, which has allowed construction to move forward without pause. At this point, the contractors are focused on completing the third deck of the Ark so that we can start installing the exhibit displays. Timber framers are filling in the area at the right end of the ship, while plumbers install pipes, and electricians run conduit and power to the rooftop HVAC units.
In the meantime, the drywall for the bathrooms and other partitions are nearing completion in the center concrete tower, and the concrete is being poured for the piers under the guest ramp.
As the Ark starts to look much more like a ship with the additional work on the stern, we have begun construction on the two-acre lake. Recently, we added a clay liner and ordered about 1,000 plants to go in and around the edge of the lake.
When you come to visit the Ark Encounter, you’ll park in a huge 4,000-vehicle parking lot, which, as you can see in the picture above, is almost finished. From the lot, you will take the shuttle to the Ark structure on a winding road that will actually take you over the river and through the woods, just like the popular children’s song.
Finally, as you make the last turn, you’ll get a glimpse of the ship.
For a more in-depth view of the latest construction progress, you can watch the replay of a live video update by AiG cofounder and president Ken Ham on the video update page.
Please know that we can’t build the Ark without supporters like you. We’re in the final stretch of funding, as you can see on the Ark Encounter homepage, so we encourage you to prayerfully consider a gift of any size or to sponsor a peg, plank, or beam in the Ark. Find out more about how you can donate to this incredible Christian outreach.
Also, don’t forget to reserve your tickets for a visit during the first 40 days and 40 nights.