This has been a lengthy process with a great deal of rebar and a whole lot of plywood for the forms. Once all the forms are constructed and the rebar is in place, the entire floor is leveled to with 1-2mm.
As the pictures indicate, safety is looked upon very differently here than in Canada. To date there have been no serious injuries; just the minor cuts and bruises. The workers are very aware of where they are and what they are doing and extremely careful and watchful to insure no accidents happen.
The septic tank has also been completed. The inflow and outflow boxes still need to be constructed but this likely will not happen until the sanitary crew is on site and is ready to install the accompanying pipes. Everyone wants to be sure that elevations of pipes and holes will line up in the end.
One final stage of preparation was required. The floor is concreted at two different levels. The two boxes created by the forms on top of the rebar define the floor areas that are trowel finished. These will be the rooms for the residents. The trowel finish floor is the finished floor that will always be visible.
The other area will be the hallway and terrace. This floor area will be covered by Tera tiles. Once the tiles are installed, the two floors will be the same elevation.
It was a day when the top contractor bosses were on site to see how things progressed. This was not going to be a typical concreting process so curiosity was extremely high, and everyone was a little unsure of how it would actually go. You see, here almost all concrete is mixed on site by large mixers. The ingredients, aggregates, cement, water, are all placed into the mixer by manual labour. The mix is then delivered to the concreting area and distributed with more manual labour. This pour was going to be done with ready mix concrete delivered to site per-mixed by ready mix trucks. The mix would be dumped into a pumper that would deliver the mix to the concreting area. This system has been around for a few years here but is still mostly unheard of.
And the temperature will be nicer to work in as well. No one was getting cold as they all stayed in their t-shits.
Curiosity remained high all night with lots of people observing. Some were observing to insure things were done correctly while other observed for curiosity only. It was a good night.
We went all went home at that time to get some sleep.
Below is what the building looked like Friday at noon just before I went home. The next step will be to form up the columns for the west side second floor and to install the rebar on the east side second floor slab.
This is what the site looks like today, Monday morning, May 21. The concrete slab poured on Thursday night has been covered with burlap and wet down to keep it wet and cool for slow curing.
The rebar for the columns on this west side are already being extended in preparation for installing the forms. We will likely concrete these columns by the end of this week.
At present we are waiting for some more rebar so we can do the rebar work on this slab. The rebar was set to arrive on Thursday last week but we have been under strike conditions since Thursday morning and delivery of rebar will need to wait at least until Wednesday this week when the strikes are to come to a brief end before the next one(s) begin.
We should be able to concrete this second floor slab sometime next week if all goes well.