With most of the foundation walls poured in early July, masons have now been able to begin constructing block walls inside the new lower level. These initial block walls, below grade, serve three purposes:
The block walls vary in thickness depending on the functional requirement of the specific wall.
Blocks are staged along the north end of the lower level for wall reinforcement.
The blocks are carefully staged to avoid anchor bolts, underground plumbing, etc.
Different stacks of blocks are of different widths, depending on the wall type.
It is difficult to distinguish the existing block walls from the newly built.
This wall is reinforced and extended to carry additional loads.
All the new block walls are constructed on newly poured, reinforced footings.
Safety scaffolding is frequently used as walls can be over 10′ tall.
The masonry team works on the new fire-rated stairwell in the southwest corner.