Friday, September 21st, 2018

Isabela House (Construction Log 7) Back Fill & Box Construction


Progress is being made at last. Lorries are now delivering gravel directly onto the back fill area saving considerable shoveling and wheelbarrowing. The men worked yesterday (Sunday) and even today which is a public holiday in order to reduce the slippage in the construction schedule caused by the wet weather.

For the first time we were able to see the box construction technique in use creating our concrete septic tank.

The construction site moved to 24-hour operation last night using three 8 hour shifts. At night in the main they will compact the layers of gravel distributed during the daylight hours. At 4.00pm yesterday there were only 4 workers spreading a newly delivered pile of gravel so we are not sure how the new working arrangements will benefit the speed of back filling. However, the septic tank, which is the lowest point on the site, is gradually disappearing so clearly there has been progress.

We discussed the positioning of the wall-mounted split type air conditioning units with the project engineer and gave him minimum height details so he can install the PVC drainage pipes when fabricating the walls. Hopefully the decision we made to go for the Styrofoam-insulated concrete walls will reduce to a minimum the need to run the ACUs.

The project engineer has now received the fire certificates and zoning clearance for both houses and the city engineer’s office has asked him to call in next Wednesday by which time they anticipate that the building permit (which confirms compliance with the Philippines building code) will have the required signatures. As the back fill still has some way to go we hope the permit and achievement of construction height will come together. Obtaining the building permit will also enable our contractor to apply for the supply of electricity to the site.

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