On Wednesday, the first consignment of the Merk Leno Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), which makes up the structure of the house, arrived from Austria via the port of Montreal. This was a full 40′ container and the weight of the pieces meant at a very large crane was needed to move them to the storage rack and some to stacks on the ground. The threat of bad weather mean that they also had to be covered once they were unloaded.
The crew faced a number of challenges, including the space constraints of the site, overhead power lines, soft ground which did no provide a firm footing for the crane, and fading light. They had to work in the darkness to finish the job, but it was done, and we really thank them for their efforts.
The second container (a half load) was being shared with another project in Wakefield, Quebec, and has gone there to be partially unloaded first.