LAYOUT AND EXCAVATION
With the temporary facilities set up, the layout of the building footprint begins. Once precise measurements are taken and stakes laid out, the men excavate by hand. The soil is found to be extremely soft and porous which is a concern. In order remove the risk of future settlement and cracking of the building , we decide to add tie beams as an additional structural element. The areas connected the exterior columns are excavated further to prepare for these tie beams.