It's been months since my last posting. A decision to focus energy on getting our first earth architecture project off of the ground which included not saying a word until ground was broken. Well it's now official! We broke ground on our 15 unit multi family project design with stabilized compressed earth blocks. I'll be posting more regular updates as the project progresses, along with other research items of interest.
A quick nod to BBVA Compass bank for not only providing financing for the project, but for performing to their word on timing. That's impressive in today's banking environment.
Our first task at hand is to begin clearing the site for foundation and retaining walls, as well as to harvest dirt for our first test blocks. Our preliminary tests indicated not only good clay soil for blocks but also a nice mix of gravel caliche as well. You can see Jim Hallock and one of our leads, Aurelio Sanchez, making the first lime stabilized test blocks.
The intial blocks are resting comfortably as they cure and are headed for compression tests in the coming weeks.