California – Ideal Weather for Construction, not Farming

While the record drought has been catastrophic to the farmers in central California, it’s allowed the site expansion in Stockton to progress with no delays. Even though I’d like to see the project stay on schedule, I’d sacrifice a delay for a weeks worth of rain. Hopefully mother nature sends some moisture in due time so the farming community can get back to business as usual. Water restrictions have crippled crop growth in the surrounding areas. Even though our fertilizer is wet, it’s no substitute for water; and for those of you who ask about the miracles of Ferti-Rain. You’d be better off doing a rain dance than hoping this fertilizer will attract storm clouds.

 

Forming 3This is the area inside the building where we’ll be adding 9 more storage tanks. The pad they are forming is 14″ thick with lots of re-bar which you’ll see as you scroll down. The metal pipes sticking out the ground will be used to gauge the depth of the steel plates that are inset in the concrete. Steel brackets will be welded to the plates to hold the bottom of the tanks in place.

 

Pouring 2Here are those steel plates I was referring to, located just above the re-rod mat. If you remember from the original project, I commented on the mat design quite often. Well, the same engineering principles apply here and we have the same type of design. This concrete pad consists of 2 layers of 5/8″ re-rod spaced 6″ x 6″ square. When they pour the concrete, they’ll run a vibrating tool through out the pad to make sure the concrete fills in all the void spots.

 

Pouring 3Here’s Mike Paris, owner of Mid-Cal Constructors. It’s not all too often you see the boss out doing the manual labor but you’ll find Mike out here daily. I commend Mike on his companies workmanship and attention to detail. I’m not sure if he’s smiling for the photo or if he’s gritting his teeth. Probably smiling…..most construction type guys love having their picture taken when they’re hard at work.

 

Pouring 8And here’s the final product. The remaining floor in the building will be either 6″ or 8″ thick determined by equipment traffic. You’ll notice the steel squares embedded in the concrete. There are 9 squares evenly spaced around the permimeter of each tank. Once the tanks are set, the steel angle iron will be welded to the squares preventing the tank from sliding in the event of an earthquake……..er……..that’s the theory. I’d rather not be on the west coast if it’s ever put to the test.