Establishing the Monument

This section highlights the generous contributions from the Sponsors who provided their goods and services at no cost to the program, in a timely and efficient manner.

This section identifies:

  1. Construction of the LAV III Monument slab;
  2. Transportation of the LAV III from Ontario; and
  3. Installation of the LAV III.

Stage One

Construction Activities

The following is a brief summary of the activities contributed by our Sponsors.  Quite significantly, as noted above, these were provided at no cost to the program, but more importantly, they were delivered in a timely and efficient manner, thereby ensuring that the overall schedule was maintained:

  • The work officially started on August 17th, 2016 when a test pit was excavated by Patey in order to allow Thurber's geotechnical engineers to assess the soil characteristics at the Nose Creek Valley Museum;
  • ​Stantec confirmed the slab design and Tronnes completed the survey and layout;
  • ​Construction started on August 31st (stripping & excavation by Wilco, footings      formed by PCL, and rebar supplied and placed by AGF).  Embeds were fabricated by Supreme Steel and coated by DAAM Galvanizing;
  • Wilco placed the footing concrete, that was supplied by Burnco, on September 1st;
  • The footing forms were stripped, the area was backfilled, the slab was formed, rebar was placed;
  • Stamped concrete for the main slab was placed on September 9th;
  • Wiring was supplied by TEXCAN and light bases provided by Lafarge were installed by HighLine during the week of September 12th;
  • ​Walkway concrete was placed by Marmot later that week, on September 17th;
  • ​The final cleanup, topsoil placement, and installation of sod (supplied by Blue Grass) took place on September 23rd.

The slab area was now ready to receive the LAV III Monument.

  • Sign and flagpole bases were installed by Global Signs on October 17th, with the flag poles going up the week after;
  • Light fixtures supplied by Richard McDonald & Associates (RMA) were installed by Highline during the week of October 31st; and
  • Global Signs completed the sign panel installation on November 4th, 2016.

The LAV III Monument was now ready for the dedication ceremony scheduled for November 6th.


Stage Two

Transportation of LAV III

The Airdrie LAV III departed from the Militex Coatings facility in London, Ontario on October 17th, 2016, starting its journey home to Airdrie, Alberta.  The Militex staff were kind enough to install the banners that had been supplied by Sign Concepts.  The trucking was provided by Ken Bilben.

​The status of this journey to Alberta was tracked within this website. (see photos)

Airdrie's LAV III arrived on the morning of October 20th.  Thank You to the driver and his co-pilot for making this happen!


Stage Three

Installation of the LAV III

Airdrie's LAV III was installed on October 20th, 2016 starting at 09:00 hrs.

Candesto provided one VMB, while the City of Airdrie provided the other.

​Main Street in Airdrie was closed by the City of Airdrie between Erin Drive and Summerfield Blvd. from 09:00 hrs to 12:00 hrs.  However, the crews finished 2 hours earlier than originally anticipated.

Sterling's 300 Ton crane was needed to transfer the LAV III from the semi-truck located in the center of Main Street, to the newly constructed LAV Monument slab that is located in the middle of the museum's front lawn.  Borger assisted with the mob & demob of the crane.

Traffic was diverted onto Summerfield Blvd. from 09:00 hrs to 12:00 hrs, with access to the work area being limited to those involved with the lifting operation, as well as prior approved media personnel.

Once the LAV III was lifted into position on the new slab, Lorentz Contracting installed the four steel special-purpose pedestals to permanently affix the LAV III to the purpose-built pedestal.

​Airdrie's LAV III was covered with camouflage tarps in order to keep the unit under wraps until the formal dedication ceremony that took place on November 6th, 2016.