Kees and Claire Hut Site Update – Aug 25 2017

The last two weeks have been extremely productive on site. The formwork for the footings was all buttoned up and the concrete pour happened on August 16 as planned. Cardinal Concrete sent its trucks up Whistler Mountain to the base of the Harmony chair at 6:00am. Then three helicopters from Blackcomb Helicopters and Airspan flew in rotation and people scurried to handle the concrete buckets in rapid succession. It was all done in just 4 hours. There was a lot of celebratory high-fiving after that! We need to thank the large team that day: Trevor MacDonald, Reid Madiuk, Spencer MacFarlane, Rob Withey, Dustin Smart, Wayne Flann, Ian Brett, Jay Bicknell, Rhonda Netzel, Rupert Merer and of course all the incredible helicopter pilots and the staff of Cardinal Concrete.

In very short order, the forms were stripped and the layout for the walls was surveyed on top of the footings. Then it was on to assembling the insulated concrete forms for the foundation walls. How rewarding to see the hut take shape! The formwork has been going quickly and easily for the straight run of walls, but corners and piers for the steel columns are custom and need to be carefully detailed. All the reinforcing steel is being placed, with numerous consultations between the forming contractor, architect and structural engineer.

The footings are prepared with Fastfoot concrete form mold. (Photo by Reid Madiuk.)

With buckets arriving every few minutes by helicopter, folks are working fast to place the concrete. (Photo by Reid Madiuk.)

The footings are stripped and ready for the insulated concrete forms for the walls. (Photo by Paul Ackerson.)
The insulated concrete forms are assembled and rebar is installed. (Photo by Paul Ackerson.)
Trevor MacDonald and Reid Madiuk of Coast Essential Construction consult on a structural detail. (Photo by Manrico Scremin.)
The curving form of the hut is now very evident from the air. (Photo by Manrico Scremin.)

So what’s up next week? The concrete pour for the walls is scheduled for Wednesday August 30. We have another strong team lined up to handle that. Then over the Labour Day weekend, work will continue on several fronts: the drain tile and waterproofing of the foundation walls plus the installation of the greywater dispersion system. Henry Van Hell, a professional septic installer, will be on site to install the discharge line, pump chamber and dispersion field itself.

The pump chamber has been donated by John Richardson of Premier Plastics. Thank you, John! (Photo by John Richardson.)

Volunteers are still needed to help with the greywater dispersion system, drain tile, waterproofing of the foundation walls, earthwork and final site remediation. If you have some plumbing skills or can garden, here is your chance to help now! See the volunteer schedule for shifts in September. 

Kees and Claire Hut Team

Project Management – Caulus Consulting
Site Supervision – Coast Essential Construction

Architect – Don Stuart Architect
Building Envelope – Reid Jones Christoffersen
Structural – Equilibrium Consulting
Geotechnical – JECTH Consultants
Mechanical / Electrical – Smith and Andersen
Grey water – Trax Developments
Water – Opus Dayton Knight
Quantity Surveying – Armstrong Moore
Land Surveying – Bennett Land Surveying
Monitoring – Triton Environmental
Excavation – North Construction
Helicopters – Blackcomb Helicopters
Helicopters – Airspan