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Dordt College’s concrete canoe takes shape

March 25, 2013

Dordt College’s concrete canoe is taking shape for the third year in a row. The 200-pound canoe will be entered into the annual Concrete Canoe Competition held by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The regional competition is slated for Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, at the University of Minnesota-Mankato. Dordt’s 2012 Kernel placed third regionally and the 2011 Cannon took fifth.

This year’s canoe earned the Greek name Koinonia, a word meaning “fellowship,” the team said. “As a smaller college with fewer students in our engineering department than larger schools, our concrete canoe team has a unique opportunity to reach out to other majors and organizations on campus for recruiting and support,” reads the project’s executive summary. “To reflect this campus-wide effort as well as the relationships built during the year on the team, the theme for the canoe this year is ‘community.’”

The Greek theme is carried into the design as well as it resembles classical Greek pottery. “The terracotta dye for the concrete combined with black concrete and stains for detailing give Koinonia a distinctly Greek look,” the summary continued. “The outside face of the canoe is lined with people holding hands drawn in Greek style as a visual representation of community.”

Examining and learning from their work from the last two years the team came up with ways to save on water usage during the curing process. This year, a new misting recycling system was designed and built to re-use the misting water. Other environmental and economic issues were considered during the design process, including reusing foam and molds from last year to decrease waste and cost.

Students involved in the process
Co-Captains: Eric Walter (Johnston, Iowa) and Andrew Deelstra (Seattle, Washington).
Calculations: Eric Walter (chair), Andrew Deelstra, Mark Nyhoff (Centennial, Colorado), and Dordt Engineering Professor Justin Vander Werff.
Construction: Eric Walter (chair), Nathaniel Dyett (Grimes, Iowa), Juan Gonzalez (Asuncion, Paraguay), Jeremy Kamp (Sheldon, Iowa), and Mark Nyhoff.
Mix Design: Andrew Deelstra (chair), Amanda Donnell (Sioux City, Iowa), Emily Riihl (New Richland, Minnesota), and Adam Van Hal (Leighton, Iowa).
Paper: Danielle DeBoer (chair from Omaha, Nebraska), Kim De Boer (Sioux Center, Iowa), Andrew Deelstra, Amanda Donnell, and Eric Walter.
Administration: Amanda Donnell (chair), Erin Conley (West Liberty, Iowa), Emily Riihl, and Thaddeus Van Essendelft (Pantego, North Carolina).
Concept Design: Kim De Boer (chair), Brendan Conley (West Liberty, Iowa), and Kit Drennon (Merida, Mexico).
Finance: TJ Wells (chair from Gunter, Texas) and Jonathan De Graaf (Marshall, Minnesota).
Paddling: Emily Riihl (chair), Brendan Conley, Erin Conley, Kim De Boer, Danielle DeBoer, Andrew Deelstra, and Jordann Ludwig (Curlew, Iowa).

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