! CONCRETE !

We finished pouring the foundation at the MoHI School today.  I hope that you enjoy this photo essay of the days work.

Here is the site at 7:00 am Monday morning.  The last area to be poured is the upper left portion of the building.

For the past three days we fabricated and installed the formwork and reinforcing.  We measured and measured and measured to make everything square.

Boss Pepe is out leader.  We controls the amount of water in the concrete to ensure a high quality mix.

Huguener is my translator and right hand man.  He is studying construction science in nearby Leogane.

Boss Leon and the rebar crew tie off the last remaining pieces of reinforcing.

I double check their work.

We had 350 sacks of cement delivered yesterday, which we stored in the Depot to keep dry.

 Carrying the sacks to the staging area is a heavy task.

The cement is opened in a wheelbarrow, a very dusty job.

Five truckloads of sand and gravel are scooped into buckets.

Each batch of concrete is composed of six buckets of sand, six buckets of gravel, three buckets of cement, and two and half buckets of water.

The dry ingredients go in the mixer first, fifteen buckets per batch, and we made over 100 batches.

Then we add the water.

The mixer churns for three to five minutes, then the green concrete gets dumped into the batching bin.

The bucket guys wait in line for their first fill of the day.  After that, they never stop moving.

The guys in the batching bin, up their their shins in concrete, fill the buckets.

The bucket crew carry the concrete to hard to reach places…

…which is very hard work since the buckets can weight up to 100 pounds.

They prefer to set up a bucket brigade whereever they can.

Sometimes they sing as they work, sometimes they dance.

Adnel thinks it is all great fun.

The crew places the concrete between the formwork.

The concrete is vibrated to improve consolidation and consistency.

The concrete is leveled with the top of the forms.

The trowler makes the final finish.

The bucket cleaners have the coolest job in the ninety degree heat. They rinse the buckets and get them ready for another round.

Repeat for 13 hours, about 2,000 buckets worth, and 33 cubic yards of concrete are in place.

Night falls by the time we are finished, but we are all proud of our effort to create a solid foundation for the MoHI School.

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About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, theawkwardpose.com is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog, www.howwillwelivetomorrw.com, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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2 Responses to ! CONCRETE !

  1. Scott Mueller says:

    Incredible work!

  2. Pingback: “Vacation” Week at MOHI - Mission of Hope International | Mission of Hope International

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