Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Lauder Hall appears to be perched way up high on top of a cliff. It's foundations were underpinned with concrete to prevent them form eroding out before the new garage can be built and grade restored.
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Down at the bottom a pit is being prepared for concrete for the tower crane. Finally after all these months construction will truly start.
Monday, 25 February 2013
Monday, 4 February 2013
Oh and BTW, the skating has been really good these last few days.
Saturday, 2 February 2013
Bramel is using a product called Polycrete, which has steel bands embedded in the rigid insulation with metal ties between the panels. The corners are plumbed and reinforced with steel angles for the pour. Once the concrete is set, the corners come off, but the insulation remains. The other benefit is that the insulation will slow the cooling of the concrete and give us good strength dispute the cold temperatures. Polycrete have been very supportive and have sent a technical rep. to show the crew the system and will review the bracing before the concrete is placed.
It took some time just to open the large bundles and sort the various heights and wall width panels, making it hard to move around this compact site, but as the forms are assembled there is more space.
Hintonburg is a sketcher's goldmine, with rich and quirky subjects presenting themselves every few feet while walking it's streets. It's narrow streets and imperfect grid of the blocks set up interesting views of the old homes framed by mature maple trees. Ladouceur Street takes a very distinctive bend at Merton, a couple of blocks east of the Pinhey intersection, where I did this sketch in the warmth of my car.
Friday, 1 February 2013
Brickins were made in Canada, but unfortunately they never got to a rational production quality and had to shut down just short of 3000 cars. I remeber seeing the odd one, but may have confused them with Deloreans which were about the same era. The gull wing doors were pretty cool, but of no use to me as they would preclude a roof rack.