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    Site Excavation

    By juvasquez
    Apr 4, '12 11:36 PM EST

    In the past week, our site has undergone a few notable changes.  We were given a generous discount by Hammond-Mitchell Co. to grade the site and dig holes for foundations.  A team of geotech engineers from Froehling & Robertson, Inc. donated their services and took soil borings from the site.  The samples will be tested in a lab in Roanoke to determine bearing capacity of the soil, which will tell us if structural modifications will be required during installation.  Due to the nature of the soil, we already know we will have to add extra compacted fill below the foundation.

    The slab is slowly beginning to resemble a stage.

    Contractors remove a section of concrete from the slab to make way for the column footings.

    Geotech workers use a drill rig to take soil samples.

    We learned that when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object, they become two immovable objects.



    The fill has been added and compacted and will now (hopefully) be able to support our structure.


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