Outdoor Geology Laboratory (OGL) Lab Creation and Dedication
Initial planning for the Outdoor Geology Laboratory began in 2011. Wake Tech geologists traveled with Martin Marietta geologists to 11 different quarries across the state and selected 13 unique boulders.
Wake Tech geologists Dr. Ken Howard, Dr. Sara Rutzky, Gretchen Miller, Stephanie Rollins, and Joseph Davis pose at the Garner quarry while on a trip to select boulders in January 2014. Also pictured are geologists Sara Hardison and Tyler Clark.
Wake Tech geologists Dr. Sara Rutzky and Dr. Ken Howard pose in front of a hydraulic hammer during a visit to a quarry to select boulders for the Outdoor Geology Lab in May 2014. Also pictured is geologist Tyler Clark.
Wake Tech Geologist Dr. Sara Rutzky examines a group of boulders to see if appropriate for the OGL.
A boulder selected for the OGL and marked with orange tape.
Rocks were transported to the Scott Northern Wake and Southern Wake campuses via flatbed truck.
Wake Tech geologists Dr. Sara Rutzky and Stephanie Rollins pose with the boulders as they are delivered to Wake Tech's Scott Northern Wake Campus on August 27, 2014.
At Southern Wake Campus, the winding walkway had to be built before the boulders could be installed; at Scott Northern Wake Campus, the walkway for the OGL was already in place.
Creating the walkway at Southern Wake Campus between SC and SE.
At Southern Wake Campus, rocks are unloaded and placed in the OGL using an excavator.
Southern Wake Campus OGL installed between Buildings SC and SE!
At Scott Northern Wake Campus, a front loader unloaded and placed rocks in the OGL.
Scott Northern Wake Campus OGL installed!
Outdoor Geology Laboratory Dedication
On April 14, 2015, the Outdoor Geology Laboratories were dedicated at a ceremony at the Northern Wake Campus. In attendance were Dr. Stephen Scott, President of Wake Tech; Ward Nye, president, and CEO of Martin Marietta Materials; and Wake Tech geology faculty and students.
Wake Tech geologists Dr. Sara Rutzky, Stephanie Rollins, and Gretchen Miller pose with one of the boulders at Scott Northern Wake Campus after the April 14, 2015 dedication ceremony.