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.
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 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…