For us a perfect solution is an artificial reef module that looks like a natural reef. Our partners at the county suggested that we should build our own modules, but that opens up a whole new dimension of challenge and complexity and I know nothing about concrete construction.
Enter Chris O’Hare
The Palm Beach Post ran a front page article about our foundation in November 2014 and one of Chris’ employees showed it to him.
Chris is a hugely talented architectural concrete manufacturer that exports his creations all over the world. He is also an artificial reef construction hobbyist with 30 years of experience. Chris wants to make great artificial reefs that look and perform like natural reefs. Andrew’s foundation has the money to fund Chris’ artificial reef work. We quickly formed a partnership to break new ground by building natural-like reef modules that are unlike anything that has ever been deployed before!
As we approach the summer of 2015 Chris and his employees are hard at work building beautiful concrete “REEF CELLS”. When the Reef Cells are covered with marine growth in a year or two they will look like natural reefs! We will place 40 REEF CELL modules this summer in clusters of 6-8 just south of the Zion Train wreck creating a 600 by 150 foot wide corridor of the best reef structure in south Florida.
We will place an additional 100 modules, in partnership with Palm Beach County and the Fish and Wildlife Commission in the summer of 2016.
We will continue to refine and improve our fundraising and manufacturing process.
We will also continue to pursue the best reef building options that are available, including sinking retired ships and deploying bridge materials.
Come join us!