The project included the construction of an 81-ft self-supporting tower equipped with scientific monitoring equipment and a corresponding instrument hut to house data collection tools. The tower is situated on the east shoulder of Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park. All construction and site materials had to be hauled in through a 7-ft wide construction path between the parking lot/staging area and the project location. Additionally, all equipment needed for excavations and tower installation had to operate within very stringent construction limits.
The area immediately surrounding the tower and instrument hut was preserved to maintain the environmental integrity of the area during construction. Elevated boardwalks were installed around the tower and hut for access and to minimize site disruption.
Milender White experienced unique challenges including late spring blizzards, summer thunder and lightning storms, severe hail, and the occasional visit from black bear and elk. The team completed construction ahead of schedule.