At one point last week, I realised not many of my readers will have actually stopped and watched the big augers in action. So, I went out just before Christmas and stood in the COLD taking a couple of short videos. You’re welcome. I loaded them up on Youtube Christmas day but was too tired to do anything with them.
The company doing the work is Rumble Foundations out of Mississauga. That’s all they do – foundations for big builds. I was poking around their website and figured they are putting caissons in. If I’m wrong, please correct me. I’d be happy to be educated on the process. They’ve done a lot of the big jobs here in Toronto, but this is the first time I’ve paid attention to what they are doing. I have to say, I really expected this work to be far noisier. I’m sure it will get pretty loud at one point during the build, but the augers themselves are surprisingly muted.
Here’s the first one:
This one is better – they were drilling near the entrance and I was able to catch a great video of them dumping the dirt off the auger itself.
I enjoy watching this one. It’s fun to watch the auger spin in reverse and throws all the dirt off. It’s like watching a dirt vortex whirling about. I’m not sure if that means I’m a complete and utter geek or I desperately need to get out more. Anyway, come back in a day or two and I’ll post some excellent photos of what happens when they drill down into rock. It was illuminating and amusing.
Most of the noise on the first video is the sound of the wind. When I went out the second time, there was zero wind and let’s you hear, up close, the noise, which isn’t a lot considering the equipment.
After posting the videos, I realised Rumble Foundations really needs a Twitter and Youtube account. That would be an account I’d follow. They could load up lots of shots fo their work so people here in Toronto start to understand how complex the work is. Enjoy the videos. As I said, come back for more later in the week. I have some great shots. I’m also working on more digital art (non construction related, I promise) but it will take time to do. My Wacom is getting tempermental, as is my trusty laptop. Time to consider replacing both in the new year.
If you’d like me to poke around getting more videos of the work in progress leave a comment here or on my Youtube page and let me know.
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:
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.
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.