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A Solid Foundation

Vienna House is rising from the Earth!

In recent weeks, Kindred Construction crews have been building forms, bending rebar, and pouring footings and slabs. Here’s a peek over the fence to bring you up to date on recent activities on the Vienna House site, starting with a panorama shot capturing all the activity.

We’ll zoom in on several areas of this overview image in the clips and photos below, starting with a short low-altitude drone flight across the busy deck of the area to the far left of the panorama that the crew refers to as Suspended Slab West.

As its name suggests, this will be one of two suspended concrete podium slabs that will together constitute the ground floor of the completed building.

This area will eventually host a courtyard for community gatherings. A third area, adjacent to Victoria Drive and Hull Street, is known on the site as the “Suspended Slab Entryway.” Each will receive concrete in the coming weeks.

A single-level concrete parkade helps reduce the concrete volume used at Vienna House and, by extension, the project’s overall embodied carbon emissions.

Here’s one of two high-altitude video captures. Crews have poured a slab on grade in the green-coloured area of the site. It is now sporting a grid of rebar awaiting services. It will ultimately host seven ground-level homes—five studios and two one-bedroom units.

This second high-angle drone clip, below, highlights the division between Suspended Slab West and Suspended Slab East—starting with the former and then panning slowly eastward to show the latter. The large crosses of rebar visible on the plywood decking are called “stud rails.” They mark the locations of future concrete pillars that will, in turn, support the timber framing that comprises the main structure of Vienna House.

Concrete pumper trucks poured the Suspended Slab East the week prior to this video.

Much of the work completed on site to date has been made possible via the site‘s overhead crane.

Below, Kindred Construction Level A Crane Operator Matt Cook keeps an sharp eye on an empty concrete bucket as he remotely controls the site crane using a console attached to a harness slung around his shoulders. After rotating the crane’s boom—technically, it is a jib—and positioning its moving trolley over Stainsbury Avenue, Cook walks over to the street and lowers the bucket precisely behind a waiting concrete truck, which refills it for another pour.

The two pictures below highlight concrete works on the Suspended Slab East. A placing and finishing crew from FEMO Construction directs concrete into forms around the perimeter. This edging detail is known on the site as the slab’s “curb.”

In the clip below, a worker opens the concrete bucket to fill forms along the last curb section around Suspended Slab East. As the concrete flows into the forms, a colleague runs a handheld electric vibrator to remove any air bubbles that may be trapped within.

Shout-out to this hard working crew for helping ensure Vienna House will have a strong foundation for decades to come!