Helpng to make the dream a reality

Volunteering to oversee Construction of a New Hospital to replace a 27+ year old facility staffed and operated by Dominicans. I am here on behalf of the many donors to the REVOLUTION campaign - a 4.5 Million Dollar campaign to fund this project.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A 4th of July update & !feliz cumpleaños!

Happy 4th of July from the DR!

Most of the SRI staff enjoyed a picnic at the reservoir yesterday afternoon.


 


  








Work continues and is slowly evolving into finish-type work which is very exciting.


Section #1 - Consultation/Exam/Specialty

We hope to get 28% of the roof concrete placed the week of the 17th which will get us to having 54% of the roof area completed.


Section 4 is being formed for the concrete roof which is almost 12,000 square feet







Opening for translucent vault.













Looking down the joint between section #4 and
 #3 which has higher walls - the roof will kick up
at this point to displace water away from the joint that will
located along this wall.



The lobby of the post-surgical area and opening
for the large vault.


Amin and his electrical workers are getting the conduit installed in section #1 and #2 and will then install conduit in the floors. This will all be wired and temporary power connected to these areas.
The electricians are getting their conduit in place.in section #1.
This consult room has the electrical conduits in place
and the ceiling is ready for a dropped ceiling to be installed


Cristian will be getting the water lines connected to the main line and get it pressurized so that we can be sure all of these below-floor lines are holding pressure. 



Tano and his carpenters having been working to get the 4th section formed, this area is twice as big as the first two roof areas we have completed. 


This area is framed and ready for the plywood, the white
pipes are electrical conduits that run
to switches, etc in the walls below.
Looking Southwest toward the large tree,
the opening in this section is where the second-largest
translucent vault will be located that covers
the lobby of the post-surgical area - see next photo.












We are skipping what we call the 3rd section for now because this section has higher walls and will require different bracing, ladders, etc. 


Detail of the rebar that will make up the beam that
defines the opening for the vault.

Johnny and his rebar guys are working right behind the carpenters gettign all of the rebar needed for the 4th section's roof. He has also prepped the cistern floor with the appropriate rebar. It is a bit discouraging that some of the cistern will need to be removed and re-set due to an incredibly hard rain that caused one side of the excavation to partially collapse and bury some of the installed rebar. 


As far as finishing materials, we are finalizing styles, colors etc so that we can begin getting these items installed on the first two sections. 
Sandro & Victor (engineers), Dr Canario,
Yamil (architect), Ken, Frank (behind the camera) 

Dr Canario and Yamil (architect) attended our site meeting last weekend and many of these items were discussed and then selected. It is nice to be at the point of picking finish items and paint colors!




The lobby 
The project is becoming an example of different phases of construction, with the east end at the point of finish work and the west end having only the block walls in place. 

Here are some more pictures showing what going on:



The small switch building which will house the
electrical transfer and main panels.

Our wonderful perimeter wall on the south side of the property
 built by the volunteer construction teams, they are now beginning to
work up the left / east side.
 

Looking from the lobby into the administrative area



The eastern-most wall of the building with a sample window in place.  




The lobby of the consult section, ready to be finished
with paint, flooring and the translucent vault



Our capital campaign continues to need to raise sufficient funds to complete the building. 

Please consider helping us reach our goal of $4.5M, currently we have raised over $3.2M. 


And Finally, as I was finishing up this post close to lunchtime today, all the workers showed up, Frank presented a cake and everyone sang feliz cumpleanos to me! 



I then cut the cake using a hacksaw blade, but switched to a machete which was much better!
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