CMU Second Level Complete

With the foundation and slabs complete, scafolding was installed to finish the CMU (concrete masonry unit) walls.  Construction proceeds in up to 5′ increments with inspections at each level.

The pictures below provide an overview of the process curently underway.

The first step was to erect scafold across and around the entire site:

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This is the view from the pre-school entrance from north 5th:

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The stone masons place each concrete block by hand, check for level in all directions, and use strings and measuring tapes to make ensure correct placement:

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Moving tons of blocks requires skill on the part of the “high lift” operator:

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