We placed 48 hollow core concrete panels this morning. The first panel was lifted from the truck at 8:10 am and the last panel was put in place less than 4 hours later at 12:01 pm.
Also, Bryan met with a neighbor that needs a home for some virgin dirt, located only a few blocks away.
Yes, another big day.
One of our stated objectives for this project is to use ‘innovative building materials’. We are one of the first single family residential homes to use hollow core concrete panels in Northern California. We engaged Bill Brown Construction Company to partner with us on 17509 Via Sereno because:
- Bill Brown has extensive experience in all the areas that we need expertise (e.g., seasonal perched water tables, waterproofing, ‘green’ building design and construction, etc.).
- Bill wants to innovate and be a leader with new building products and new construction practices.
- Bill has a great team that can ‘do the hard stuff’ that he leads personally and, most importantly, has a passion for construction while having fun.
We wanted to get in front of the day so our plan was to assemble at 7:15, have the crane arrive at 7:30 am and get into position, and have the first truckload of hollow core concrete panels arrive at 7:45 am so we could start working at 8:00 am as we unloaded the first panel.
The First ‘Bay’ of Panels
Chad lifted the first hollowcore concrete panel from the truck at 8:10 am. Bill and Bryan were on ladders so they could position the first panel at the far end of the house, in the first ‘bay’. (more…)