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Construction continued on both the clinic and pharmacy buildings last week. For the pharmacy, the masons poured the concrete footings for all the columns, after which they placed rock for the foundation at an incredibly quick pace.

Freshly Poured Pharmacy Footings

Placing Rock for Pharmacy Foundation

Working on the Pharmacy

Pharmacy as of 9/20

While the masons were busy working on the pharmacy foundation, the iron workers prepared rebar for the upper beams in the clinic, the last piece of work before the roof.

Rebar for Clinic Beams

Clinic as of 9/18

We are eager to see what this week holds!

N’ap frape. Translation: “We’re hittin’,” or “we’re cruising right along.” That’s the phrase our foreman, Boss Tony, used to describe our construction progress the other day. Indeed, construction is cruising right along these days.

Last week, Boss Tony & crew finished pouring the remaining columns in the clinic and began work on the concrete lintels over the doors and windows. The lintels were poured on Saturday, and this week the carpenters made scaffolding to allow the masons to place the last few rows of blocks and pour the final beams. After the beams are poured, work will begin on the roof! It’s amazing to think how far the clinic has come in just one month.

Pouring a Column

Consolidating the Concrete

Pouring a Lintel

Carpenters Making Scaffolding

Clinic as of 9/10

Meanwhile, workers have continued to dig the foundation of the pharmacy, and the ironworkers began making rebar cages for the columns in the pharmacy. By the end of the week, we expect to have most of the concrete footings poured.

Rebar Cage for Pharmacy Column

In the past week, the construction crew began working simultaneously on the clinic and pharmacy buildings. About 10 workers began digging the foundation of the pharmacy, while the masons continued to place blocks for the walls of the clinic throughout the week. On Friday, the carpenters began making formwork for the clinic columns, and the masons were able to pour 12 of the columns that day. Check out the progress:

Pharmacy Site

Digging the Pharmacy Foundation

Placing Blocks for Clinic Walls

Haitian Scaffolding

A Mason Checks His Level

Pouring a Clinic Column

“Boss Tony” – Foreman

Pouring Another Column

Clinic as of 9/01