Construction update December 05, 2016
This fall the workers were working on preparing for and adding additional columns that we will need to in order that this large building can be broken up into 6 different areas and separated with expansion/construction joints. As we have been clarifying structural questions and issues it became apparent that some of the structural issues needed to be recalculated in order to match the floor plan we now have which is the result of changes required by the government and some changes we made to improve the layout of the facility or lower the overall cost of the project (ie: minimize networking wire using data hubs to reduce the length of wire needed). This was slow work as it needed to be done properly and is also labor intensive.
We are anxious to get working on the beams and roof structure but these structural details need to be in place before we can start.
Grigorio, our plumbing engineer was at the site again Saturday and he inspected the completed drain pipe and hot and cold water supply lines that are all now installed inside the building.
The locations where hot water will be needed was determined based on discussion withs Dr Canario and consulting the government requirements book. Hot water is an unusual feature for most facilities in the Dominican, so obviously a healthcare facility does indeed need hot water but not to the extent that you would find in the United States, so thereis no point in going to the expense of installing it everywhere.
Our medical gases engineer was also here Saturday and we discussed what we can do to simplify the gas installation and lower it's cost while ensuring that the clinic will be fully able to serve the needs of it's patients. He had some very good ideas.
I am excited that Victor is ready to start "dinteles" or the headers that span doorways, these will be formed and then made with rebar and concrete. He will also begin getting the rebar structures made that will be the skelton of the structural beams that tie exterior walls together.
We continue to confirm the structural components, finalize issues with the structural engineer and architect and ask if there are any cost-saving possible with the beams, roof structure and other features.
This Friday we plan to meet with Health Department officials in Santo Domingo to discuss and seek their approval of our desire to "phase" the finishing of the building - we would like to reduce our initial completion cost by delaying the finishing of 23% of the building - after very positive discussions and input from Dr Canario and Dr Caseres this concept can lower our cost-at-opening by $200,000 or more.