Thursday, June 24, 2010

Ground/Broken!

Earlier today, June 24th, 2010, two years after I started working on this project, ground was finally broken and we officially moved into the construction phase of The Minnie House. First order of business is excavation, which proceeded well this morning, and will continue tomorrow. Once the building pad has been cleared and leveled, the drill will come in and we'll start drilling the piers. We've also ordered the cyclone fencing, and that should be erected tomorrow or Saturday.

We'll be holding our collective breath when we drill, hoping that we don't hit any bedrock. So far we've been happy with the beautiful black gold we've dug up, and it looks exactly as it was described in the soils report. The geotechnical engineer will have to come in and inspect our holes next week, and he'll decide how deep they need to be. Our fingers are crossed for 6-10', but there's always a chance they'll demand 14', and that will mean more rebar for the cages, more concrete, and more money.

Once that inspection is out of the way, we can set the steel cages into the drilled piers, and then we'll be ready to start pouring concrete. That's something I'm really looking forward to!

2 comments:

Melissa said...

What a good feeling. I can't wait to see the next phase.

Steve Rapport said...

Thanks Melissa!