Teams build scale model of kayak run
Last Updated: 16:07 August 28, 2013
Boulder-based Elton R. Construction LLC built the three-dimensional model for about $70,000 to $100,000 for S2O Design and Engineering in Lyons, said Elton Randall, owner of the construction company. Specific terms of the contract were not disclosed. S2O Design founder Scott Shipley is a former Olympic athlete and a member of the board of directors of USA Canoe Kayak, an industry group based in Oklahoma City.
Engineers test the currents of the water running through the model and do other measurements to make sure the real-life version will work as they expect it to, Randall said. The model was built in a 6,000-square-foot warehouse in Boulder and will be deconstructed once the tests are complete, he said. Randall did not give details of the warehouse or its location, because it is not open to the public.
Four workers built the scale model at one-12th the size of the real thing in about six weeks, Randall said. The real-life version is being built on a seven-mile stretch of the North Canadian River that has been renamed the Oklahoma River as part of a project that includes recreational trails and other outdoor features.
The construction company previously worked with S2O on a whitewater course model for the 2012 London Olympics and for the U.S. Whitewater National Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, Randall said.
The company reported revenue of $1 million in 2011, the most recent period for which figures were available.
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