Canal Basin Square Project Construction History
Phase I Brick and Mortar: 100% Complete.
Construction of Phase I began December 4, 2001. Prime contractor is Coleman-Adams Construction, Inc, of Forrest, VA.
Schnabel Engineering of Charlottesville, VA, tested the foundation stone compaction to ensure good footings. Ken Cook, Coleman-Adams project superintendent, completed the various concrete walls, floors and walks and the concrete sign pedestals along each of the three boat troughs. Final grading, reintroduction of top soil, seeding, fertilizing and watering was completed before water restrictions were imposed by the governor. A heavy rain on July 27, 2002 caused damage to the top soil grade and seeding. The seeding was repaired on August 1 and 2. A stand of grass has been accomplished since we have received adequate rain.
The masons installed the Buckingham slate caps on the front sitting wall and the three sitting benches in the park. The plumber has completed installing the bath fixtures. Sub-contractor, W. L. Lynch, completed installation of the copper roof on the various structures. The store room, electrical room, and bathrooms are now 100% finished. Volunteers have painted the restroom interiors.
BeCraft Electrical Contractors completed the electrical service on Friday, March 14, 2003. Shelback Excavators corrected the drainage swale on Saturday, March 15, 2003.
Canal Basin Square, March 2003
Phase II Interpretive History Displays and Landscaping:
Buck Creek Nursery began February 14, 2003 planting trees. This landscaping project took several weeks and inclement weather caused several delays. Drop by Canal Basin Square to see the work and check out the photos. Trees and shrubs have been planted and when possible varieties common to our area were selected. The trees are marked with tags with the common names and they are Serviceberry, River Birch, White Ash, Red Maple, London Plane Tree, Sweetbay Magnolia, Black Gum/Black tupelo, Carolina Silverbell and Black Willow. The shrubs are Cherry Laurels.
Wayne Apperson, Slate Designs, Inc., of Palmyra, fabricated the slate flood level sign which depicts the historic floods of record prior to the levee construction. It is now mounted on the rear of the first pylon.
The scale working model canal and lock was designed and built by Tim Small. It is 100% complete. It is a 1 to 30 scale model which provides a hands-on educational exhibit allowing children from age six to ninety-six to see how canal boats were able to travel up and down canal from Richmond to Buchannan, Virginia. Tim is happy to demonstrate its operation to all comers.
The Edward Scott batteau is secured in its mooring and has received preservative treatments. Ed Barbour, the original builder of the Edward Scott,donated the boat and has mounted the fore and aft sweeps and has constructed a canvas canopy or awning which is installed for special events such as the dedication.
The Civil War Trails sign which had been removed and stored during the Phase I construction was reinstalled near the entrance to Canal Basin Square. A rewrite of this sign which included updated research information and a revised map was installed on September 17th, 2003.
Extensive research for the interpretive signage was accomplished by Sandy and Tim Small. Copy has been written, photos collected and drafts checked and rechecked. Layouts for the interpretive signage on the eight pylons and for the boat trough piers were designed by Fred Schneider, of Charlottesville. The signs really make the park. They look great and are now the most important contribution to the educational aspects of Canal Basin Square.
Photo Works of Charlottesville fabricated and installed the interpretive signage on the pylons and piers prior to the dedication ceremony on September 20, 2003.
Phase III CBS Streetscape:
Construction of the portion of Streetscape funded by the Canal Basin Square Project began in August 2005 with Coleman-Adams continuing its contract with the town. Elements of this project include a new sidewalk, enhance ADA access, a bike rack, street light mounting preparation, underground electrical conduit along the street, and new street trees. The design is to blend with the larger Town of Scottsville Streetscape project now in its final phases of preparation. Coleman-Adams completed its work on this phase in time for Jamesfest 2005!
Yet to be done:
Phase IV Two additional major exhibits will be designed and constructed over the coming months/years.
The first which is now under construction is a reproduction canal packet boat approximately 60 feet long which we are building with volunteers. The second will be a reproduction canal freighter approximately 80 feet long.