Dec 18, 2008<br/><br/>This is day two of blasting.<br/><br/> 

For this blast, the blaster has drilled 115 holes, and is using a total of 300lbs of dynamite to break apart the hard rock.<br/><br/> 

Here the blaster is laying out 115 feet of fuse to detonate the explosives. Dec 18, 2008<br/><br/>KABOOM!!

This footage was taken 150 feet from the blast area.<br/><br/>

Some of the blasted rock was as large as 4 feet in diameter, and was projected 50 feet in the air! Dec 18, 2008<br/><br/>Moments after the blast, the solid rock has been fragmented into a pile of rubble, which is now ready for removal. Dec 29, 2008<br/><br/>Here the Main Floor and Basement Floor grading are now complete.  The lowest level, which will contain the 80,000 gallon cistern, will require a final blast and excavation in order to complete the grading.<br/><br/>

What was originally thought to be many large boulders, turned out to be one massive rock!<br/><br/>If you look closely, you will see the large continuous mass of solid rock which runs the length of the pad.  The good news is that the entire home will be built on solid rock! Jan 14, 2009<br/><br/>KABOOM II!

This footage was taken from our last blast.<br/><br/>

You will notice that the impact from this blast was so intense that it shook our camera, which was placed over 150 feet away.<br/><br/>

For nearly a month, our blasters and excavators worked tirelessly to create the tri-level pad where Casa Bella Verde will soon be constructed. Jan 22, 2009<br/><br/>The forming begins!<br/><br/>

The forming of the cistern footings, located on the lowest level, begins with the placement of the flexible forms, which will conform to the curved shape of the cistern and pool. Mar 17, 2009<br/><br/>Today the footings for the cistern level were poured. 150 cubic yards of concrete was poured and finished in 5 hours. 11 tons of steel rebar was incorporated into the design of these footings in order to support the 80,000 gallon cistern.  The rainwater collected by this advanced cistern will be used to irrigate the rooftop garden, as well as replenish the pool water as it evaporates.<br/><br/>This aerial photo was taken by Unique Aeriography. You may see how this photo was taken in the next frame. Mar 17, 2009<br/><br/>The aerial photo of the pour was taken by Unique Aeriography. The clarity and perspective of the photo was achieved by their technique of attaching their cameras to a special helium filled balloon.<br/><br/>

Not only is this technique  environmentally friendly, it also allows the photographer to achieve various perspectives which planes can not achieve. Mar 20, 2009<br/><br/>The forms that retained the concrete during the pour have now been stripped. The floor drains, cistern drains and radon collecting pipes have been installed.  In order to re-direct any radon gas that may come through the ground, and into the home through the slab, we simply placed a perforated pipe under the slab. This pipe will later be connected to a vent stack which will remove any radon gas that collects under the slab.
In this photo, gravel is being added and compacted as a slab support. April 4, 2009<br/><br/>The ICF forming begins.<br/><br/>The IntegraSpec ICF independent panel forming system allows the installers to create this wide radius, cistern wall, and straight perimeter wall with ease.
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