Cost of Construction

A few days ago I talked about the basketball court being built for FOB Apache.  They finished the job and although the quality is not up to US standards, I am very impressed.  After all, they poured 250+ yards of concrete one wheelbarrow at a time.  I estimate that it took around 5000 wheelbarrow trips to do the job.

As you can imagine, the amount of work required took its toll on the equipment.  By the time they finished, one of their mixers had broken and they were unable to repair it on site, I also counted 5 broken wheelbarrows and 2 broken shovels.  It is likely they had more, but that is what I saw and captured in pictures



6 responses »

  1. Cheryl L says:

    Folks will have to be careful on that basketball court…going off the edge of it might be painful 😉

    Looks like your hit counter is creeping towards 10,000, hooray.

    Have a Happy Easter!

    Cheryl in beautiful Evergreen, Colorado

  2. Andrea says:

    Wow, be careful on that. On a side note, that’s awesome you guys have it…I love basketball! Nice pictures too 🙂 Happy Easter to you and yours.

  3. Mark says:

    Interesting look into the local practices.

    As an aside – on your post on how the slab was poured, you commented on the thickness of the slab being 12 inches. Given your description it seems that they used unwashed aggregates, which will significantly weaken the mix. Makes sense that they would compensate by increasing the thickness.

    • danbohmer says:

      You are exactly right – the aggregate was straight from the ground, they did grab out the big rocks (>4 in) while shoveling it into the hopper. That doesn’t mean sone big ones didn’t make it through. If I was to guess, I would probably say this isn’t even half-strength of what you would pour in the states.

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