So out of everything that I have had the opportunity to experience at Allan A. Myers, the concrete wall pour at Tasty Baking Company was my favorite. Growing up in the Philadelphia area, I was surrounded by Tastykakes at every Wawa or grocery store, and of course everyone always begs their parents for their favorite (mine is the kandy kakes)! It is basically prepackaged deserts, but they are the best addition to a packedlunch or for a snack at night. Even though they are starting to be seen up in Boston (I found some in the target) people ship them all over to those that have left the Philadelphia area and want to savor a little bit of home. Since I am addicted to sweets, and love concrete, this was a perfect day! (though i didn’t get any free tastykakes)
I was at work by 5:30 am that day, but it was well worth it. Equipt with coffee and a water bottle, since it was over 90 degrees by 6am, I was ready to see the concrete pour. I watched from within the rebar cage as they placed the last of the EFCO forms into place and of course got stuck on the rebar as I was climbing out. But all I cared about was that I was going to see my first live concrete pour and that is all that really mattered.
After the concrete truck filled up the first 20 cubic yard bucket with concrete, the superintendent took me up on the deck to watch them pour the concrete in between the forms. He pointed out the water stop seal on area where the wall will connect to the base, and told me that this concrete had waterproofing admixtures in it so that it would be able to hold water within it since this structure is eventually going to be a tank. Tasty Baking Company is building a new water filtration area to filter the water before it goes to the sewer lines in order to avoid releasing chemicals and other substances, so this is the holding area for the water. And let me tell you… it will be able to hold a decent amount of water.
This pour really helped to confirm that this is what I want to do with my career. I could not get enough of the pour and information about it! It was really spectacular, and I hope that I will be able to go see the finished product before the end of my co-op. It still amazes me what mixing certain substances together can do by creating a chemical reaction to create a moldable product that is incredibly strong. This is definitely my passion… I may be crazy but I love it.