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Placing 48 Hollow Core Concrete Panels

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

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.

Preface

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:

  1. 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.).
  2. Bill wants to innovate and be a leader with new building products and new construction practices.
  3. 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.

Preparation

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.

Chad Sisson, Summit Cranes, and Bill Brown, Bill Brown Construction Company, preparing for the day at 7:35 am.

Chad Sisson, Summit Cranes, and Bill Brown, Bill Brown Construction Company, preparing for the day at 7:35 am.

Korolath strips, which go between the concrete retaining walls and the hollow core concrete panels.  These strips help to distribute the load evenly across the concrete retaining wall

Korolath strips, which go between the concrete retaining walls and the hollow core concrete panels. These strips help to distribute the load evenly across the concrete retaining wall

The first truckload of hollow core concrete panels arrived on time at 7:45 a,/

The first truckload of hollowcore concrete panels arrived on time at 7:45 am,/

Bill Brown inspecting the first load of hollow core concrete panels.

Bill Brown inspecting the first load of hollowcore concrete panels.

Chad extended the boom and confirmed the crane could reach everywhere in the site that was required.  We're good to go!

Chad extended the boom and confirmed the crane could reach everywhere in the site that was required. We're good to go!

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…)