|Concord Oasis (mini)E-coHousing Straw Bale Construction Status||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: mdemaio (mdemaiojuno.com)|
|Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 16:21:24 -0600|
March 12, 1998 - We finally got our final foundation inspection approval (ok to pour) for our post and grade beam/ rubble trench Rastra block system, and plan to pour concrete either Saturday March 14 or Monday March 16. This is probably the most "alternative" portion of our project as designed (more to come?!) Believe it or not, I think the building department is starting to like us! Anyone interested in helping- we could use a hand, particularly if you have some concrete experience. Non-intrusive spectators with other skills (cook, photographer, misc other support), are also welcome. After Friday 4pm call 510-687-2560. The site is located at 994A Oak Grove Road, Concord (East SF Bay Area), on a private drive next to Concordia Lutheran Church. Feel free to pass this information on to others. We will be running some informal workshops on Saturdays (dates TBD), and will be taking e-mail adresses for those that wish to be on our e-mail project progress/ workshop/ potential volunteer list. If not yet on this list, reply to mdemaio [at] juno.com with the message "green list subscribe" in the subject heading to be put on the list. A message to this list will be sent out every month or so. If you recieved this e-mail and would like to be taken off the list merely reply with "green list delete" in the subject line. We will also be starting an e-cohousing e-mail mailing list for outreach of elements more of interest to persons interested in ecologically based cohousing in Concord and/or possibly the foothills/ Tahoe area. It is likely that Concord Oasis E-coHousing will cosponsor a booth at the Concord Pavillion Contra Costa Earth Day on Sunday April 26. The tentative theme this year will be hybrid/ mixed green media, and we are looking at doing a number of mini- workshops. Any one wishing to show off some of thier specific skills ala Natural Building Colloquim style is welcome to send me a mini-workshop idea (Bale Pinning 101, Bale tying, clay slip making, Cobb Making, light clay, bamboo, integrating recycled materials, etc.). Or just attend and visit. The booth was extremely well attended and prominently located last year. CCEarth Day maintains a year round web site(see my straw bale writeup for last year at http://www.ccearthday.org/97festival/strawbale.htm). In Sustainable e-Community, Mark DeMaio Brief project description/ additional information follows: An alternative two story flexible floor plan post and beam straw bale structure is under construction in Concord, Contra Costa County, CA. This structure is part of the development of a minicohousing seed source called Concord Oasis E-coHousing, and includes common house elements. We're finishing the pre-pour foundation work for a post and grade beam foundation which will minimize concrete, use significant amounts of recycleable materials, and facilitate an earthen floor. Anticipated completion date is late summer/ early fall 1998, with soft scape and other projects to follow. We seek volunteers, and have some potential for paid help($6-9/hr), particularly among those who can regularly commit time and vision, and seek to be involved at the grass roots level in development of an environmentally responsible community based non-profit design build entity. We provide quite an opportunity for hands on experience as well as input from participants. We are also looking to expand our current cohousing group with true participants, and have existing openings/ opportunities at quite a range of commitment levels. Please contact Mark DeMaio, PE, at mdemaio [at] juno.com or 510-687-2560 for more information. _____________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at http://www.juno.com Or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]
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