Admin Ceiling Form Ready

Admin Ceiling Forms

Will and Ben have been working hard on finishing up the form work that will let us do our first concrete pour of the year. This is a combination reinforced concrete and ferro-cement method I developed doing animal shelters and then used on our cottage. The boxed in area will cap the Administration section of the building containing the inspector’s office, bathroom, laundry, entry hall and the initial meat cutting room. That meat cutting room will later be the warm kitchen and the smokehouse.

To get this photo I was standing on the peak of the barrel vaulted masonry ceiling of the north end of the chiller looking over the final cutting room catenary arched ceiling which you can see right in front of me. The arched forms for the ceilings of the initial cutting room, hall and office/bath are visible within the form work.

I have a little more conduit work to do plus a bit more internal wall forms and then we’ll pour concrete ceilings soon.

Outdoors: 59°F/33°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 69°F/66°F

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3 Responses to Admin Ceiling Form Ready

  1. Even many many miles away …my hubbie and I will often say to each other, hmmmm I wonder what Walter is getting done today. You never disappoint us. May this summer be the best ever for your hard working family!

  2. Jassoline says:

    I still can’t get over the idea that you make the ceilings and roof out of concrete. Wont that fall down?

    • Well designed concrete buildings, including ceilings and roofs, are stronger than wooden or steel structures and should last considerably longer as well as being able to take much greater loads such as snow. The roof of our cottage is also concrete.[1, 2] In the butcher shop the carcass chiller has a barrel vault like the cottage but the ceiling thickness is about 6″ with a 1′ center beam. In the cutting, fermenting and other rooms I used catenary arches.[1, 2, 3, 4]. The cottage’s arched concrete roof is only 1.5″ but that only has to support a 12′ snow load. In the butcher shop I used a lot more steel and the ceilings and roof are 6″ to 24″ thick because they are much greater spans and will need to support much larger loads, often dynamic loads.

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