When the lights went out on the Moffat Tunnel at the University of Alberta, it was a reminder of how many people had spent the past decade and a half working there, building bridges to create the most efficient way to transport materials around the world.
The world’s first ever tunneling playground, built in the 1980s, is still being built, but for the past few months, it’s been under construction.
Located at the northwest corner of Moffat Drive and Highway 101, the Moffats Playground was built to make it easy for the university’s students and faculty to work at the end of the day.
As part of the tunneling project, students and staff were given free access to the playground at the beginning of each shift, and the tunnel was also installed in conjunction with an on-campus shuttle service that ran for four hours each morning and evening.
As the city of Calgary struggles to deal with the growing demand for its parks and green spaces, it seemed like a good idea to make the Moffatt Tunnel the new unofficial hub for tunneling activity.
But for those who have been here for years, the experience can be hard to wrap your head around.
“It’s a lot different,” said James White, who is a graduate student in electrical engineering at the university.
“When we first opened it up to the public, it wasn’t really anything like it is now.
The lighting was on a timer, and there was no way to change the timer.”
White and his friend Mike Nesbitt, who also works in electrical, decided to build the tunnel in the fall of 2014.
The two students started out by building a small wooden structure out of lumber and plywood, then set about completing the rest of the work themselves.
At the time, the only way to get a look at the tunnels was to take a ride in one of the two-ton cars that drove around the area.
But after the first ride, White and Nes, along with the University Conservation Society’s director of tunneling and transportation, Mike Leach, decided it would be worth it to put a few people through the tunnel and give them a sense of what it’s like to tunnel through an old highway.
White and Leach brought along a crane to lift the structure into position and then set up a ladder.
They were able to lift it into position before nightfall, and then spent the next week digging around in the old highway before moving on to the next stretch.
The next morning, Nes and White climbed into the crane and hauled the structure up, which they were able a few hours later.
By the time they had reached the end, it had been completed to its full length, and it was ready for the rest to be done.
The tunnel was built using recycled lumber from the old school’s building, and when the snow melted and temperatures fell, the tunnel became a playground.
Nes said that although the playfield had a few issues that they didn’t solve before, they didn.
The main problem was that there were no lights.
“The lights were very dim,” he said.
“We had to take some time out to get the lights on.
We were looking for a light that would come on, and we didn’t find it.”
The lights came on as soon as the tunnel went dark, but they weren’t visible to the people who were using the tunnel at the time.
The problem was not an issue for the tunnelers, who were able get the light on, but the tunnel ended up with a lack of shade, which meant it was difficult to keep the light shining for long periods of time.
“At one point, we were up to about 10 degrees C, so we had to have a lot of light,” Nes told the Calgary Eyeopener.
“There were trees that were down the side of the highway that we had been digging through, and they were all covered in snow and snow-covered dirt.”
Nes explained that the tunnel had to be cleared so the snow didn’t fall on the workers, which could have made it difficult for them to see what was going on outside of the tunnels.
The final result was a more comfortable tunnel that was able to keep workers happy and comfortable.
“I think the tunnels are pretty amazing,” said White.
“A lot of things are being done in this area.
We’re definitely taking our foot off the gas on this project.”
White said that he thinks the tunnel will eventually be open to the general public, as long as the public and the city keep the lights up.
But he said he hopes that the new tunnel will help the area find a new way to improve its infrastructure.
“People are really tired of the current situation in Calgary, and I think we can do better than this,” he added.
“This project is just the tip of the iceberg, and with the work that we