Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I haven't had a lot of time over the last 3 months to do as much on Bitter Grounds as I want. That also included taking photographs around the city. Just not enough time in the day. Now with the sun setting so early, it's become a bit harder. But my schedule freed up dramatically as of last Friday. To celebrate, I wandered across the road to take photos of the construction site.

So, the old CHUM building is nothing more than a memory. All the rubble has been cleared away - that was a huge job in itself. The crew have now moved the big equipment in to start laying the foundations for the condo. I chatted with one of the workers and he was kind enough to explain what they are doing. Most of us think "dig a hole, throw in concrete, build that thing", but the technology behind doing it right is amazing.  Once they cleared away the old foundation, they moved the big toys in to do the drilling. Ever walk past a site and see these: Photo of a construction auger and cement truck

That's an auger behind the cement truck. It drills holes deep in the ground so the company can lay concrete pillars to anchor the build. Later they will dig at an angle and install cables to create a secure, unmoving foundation. Only when all that is complete will the excavation occur. I know I don't have the description quite right, that's my interpretation so if you have a better description, please feel free to post it below in the comment section. Always happy to hear from experts. The point is, it's an awe inspiring process. And the workers across the road are damned proud of their work.

Photo of a construction auger and the hole it dug

We were chatting about how the augers are much quieter than I expected. Yea, it's noise, but not that ear splitting, smog spewing event I was anticipating. The augers themselves don't seem to emit much in the way of fumes. The fellow I was talking to  explained some of the mechanics behind the technology and said a lot of effort has been made to decrease the noise and pollution created by the machinery. About the noisiest part are the cement trucks lined up every morning waiting to pour their load into the new holes.

Lots more great shots to be looked at, I took quite a few on Friday. Now that I have a more time, I'll be able to keep a better eye on the job. Oh and I'll also be lugging my camera around again, in hopes of getting some interesting city shots. It's snowing now, so who knows. Maybe I can get past my utter loathing of the white stuff and start shooting winter scenes.

Oh ... and one last thought on the construction build - do you know they actually sweep the road after each large vehicle moves out of the site? Yes, they do. Two or three men go out with shovels and brooms and clean up any rubble that may have fallen on the road. Not sure why that amuses me so much, but it does.

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