The SabinDome
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boom truck
boom truck tire, stuck in sugar sand
June 20, 2007 - The first day of construction for the shell of the SabinDome. It got off to a rough start. There was a miscommunication about what time we were meeting and the 1st consultant didn't show up until 10:30 or so. In the end, this didn't turn out so bad since we had some issues...
... The boom truck, pictured on the left, got stuck in the soft sand, just 10 feet into the lot. This did not seem to be a good omen at the time. About an hour later, the truck was dug out and we had some head scratching and brainstorming to do.
Lull lifting dome riser panel
Bruce with dome home riser panel
The final solution - rent a Lull. This is an all-terrain crane/fork-lift that can manuever in the soft sand of our lot. After several phone calls and lots of prayer, we found a Lull in Sebring. 3 hours later, it was delivered and put to immediate use. In the above picture, you see Basil (left) setting the panel in place while Billy operates the Lull.
Ahhh... the first panel, in place and secured by 2x4s wedged into the sand. Progress indeed. The panel Bruce is standing next to weighs about 300 lbs. To all of you who interceded for us this afternoon, know that God answers prayers. It may turn out the soft sand was a blessing waiting to be found as we are saving almost $500 a week renting the Lull instead of the boom truck.
Lull lifting riser panel
dome home riser panel being installed
The work continues as the Lull lifts another panel off the pile. This is a big machine!
We had a bit of rain about the time they were installing the 3rd riser panel. It cooled things off tremendously and didn't slow anyone down one bit. Kevin (left) is a consultant for AI Domes.
dome home riser panel being set into place
dome home riser panel secured with rebar and 2x4s
Here you can see our fancy system for supporting the riser panels before the concrete is laid into the joints.
And a close-up of how the 2 riser panels join together. The rebar is a long way into the concrete and the steel mesh of the panels is layered in front of it. Once the concrete is worked in and has hardened, the riser wall will be strong enough to support the second layer of panels.
dome home riser panel

Here is a long shot of what had been accomplished as of ~5:30 pm today. There are 5 riser panels in place now. As I was leaving, Bob, the other consultant, was getting ready to set some entryway panels and they were going to begin cementing the joints between the riser panels. Tomorrow the plan is to begin the first layer of triangular panels. Everyone got a lot accomplished once the Lull arrived and I am impressed by the work ethic of all!

Below is a video bonus for making it this far!
FYI... I was talking to my sister-in-law while shooting this so you can keep the volume muted. :-)



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