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January 1/16/2022 Update

December 12-22-21 Update

December 12-6-21 Update

Progress:

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break, I took some much-needed time off work and spent the break relaxing and hanging out with family. It is very clear that ABTC and Miles was much more productive than me over the break since they are continuing to move at a very quick pace and get the rebar, forms and cement pours completed for the wall footers. Based off the Gantt chart they are basically 100% complete with the first foundation activity and are now working towards the SOG (Slab on Grade) rebar and form work. Before they can pour the slab, they need to finish up on Underslab MEPs (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing). This would include conduits to power equipment, process water and chemical lines and anything else needed to connect equipment with ether power, controls or fluid/air.

Looking Ahead:

I anticipate we see a cement pour for 75% of the process area this week if weather allows. Formwork should all be completed by the end of the week and most Underslab utilities for the process building should also finish up this week and pass inspections.  Depending on the progress we may even start to see some additional form work start going in place for the first Tilt-Up panels over the next two weeks. At the pace they are moving we may see a few wall panels go up before the end of the year, the original schedule I created had them going up in mid-January so that would a wonderful holiday present if we see a few panels go up signaling continued positive schedule achievement by the team. I have updated my estimate to be 20 days ahead of schedule based off the progress!

 

Currently Working On:

  • Underslab MEPs (Pipes and conduits)
  • Rebar and formwork for the Slab on Grade of the process building

 

Next Up:

  • Cement Pour for Process building Slab
    • Estimated week of 12/6
  • Tilt up Panel Formwork
    • Estimated Week of 12/20

 

Slab Work

In the photo below you can see roughly 50% completion on the rebar work on the production building. Several sections appear ready for cement and several other major sections appear 90% ready. I believe we will see some major cement pours on site this week. Once the slab is complete then it gets exciting as the walls will start to go up next!

You can still see some MEP work going on in the bottom of this photo which will need to be completed before closing off that area. What we (myself and some members in the discord) believe the larger square formworks to be in the photo above is the outline of the dunk tanks which can be used to discharge and safely extinguish batteries.

October 11-21-21 Update

Progress:

Over the last week there has been some major progress out at the ABTC Fernley site with the rough-in plumbing and electrical being inspected and approved by the city for specific underground portions of the plant.  This means the only thing holding the first cement pour for the production building is the completion of the rebar and form placement. It appears over several days they were able to complete 75% of the rebar and form work, this means completion of the rebar and forms could come as early as Wednesday. We do have to keep in mind that this week is a holiday week with Thanksgiving so I would expect at least Thursday-Sunday to be potential no workdays.  I don’t see a cement pour this upcoming week, but I would expect it the week after thanksgiving with weather permitting.  Some other exciting updates is that they have started work on underground electrical with several underground conduit stub ups appearing within the maze of rebar.

Currently Working On:
  • Dry Utilities (Underground Electrical Conduit & Wiring, Grounding..Etc.)
    • 5 days estimated remaining
  • Wet Utilities (Various water/chemical piping systems underground)
    • 10 days estimated remaining
  • Wall Foundations (trenches around the perimeter wall with rebar placed inside)
Looking Ahead:
  • Under slab MEPS ( Mechanical, Plumbing & Electrical underneath where the slab will go)
  • Foundation Pour: Concrete pour for the wall foundation footings
    • Estimated 7-12 days from now
  • SOG (Slab on Grade): The concrete slab for the floor of the production building
    • Once under slab MEPs are completed and footings are prepped
    • Estimated 1st week of Jan

Rebar

The photo above shows the remaining areas for rebar and form work within the building interior that will likely be completed this week. The rebar and forms along the left and top side of this photo looks to be completed and ready for the pour with wooden bracing in place.  The larger squares you see above will be the locations of larger structural columns that are tied in with the rebar.

Underground Electrical

At the bottom left of the photo you can see some underground electrical work taking place. For those not familiar with underground electrical, we call these “Stub Ups” which is where the conduits will come out of the foundation. Wire is pulled at a latter date through the “tubes” in the ground.

October 11-14-21 Update

Progress:

Over the last few weeks initial site grading has come close to completion with the Production Building base pad being completed and the rest of the site layout cleared of brush and grub and rough graded. Trenches for the foundation of the production building have been completed and rebar has been placed in in preparation for pouring the cement for the footings. Wet and dry utilities have been started for the MEP under the production building.

Referencing the Gantt chart adjusted for the revised October start day it is estimated that ABTC/Miles Construction is roughly 10 days ahead of their proposed schedule.

Currently Working On:
  • Dry Utilities (Underground Electrical Conduit & Wiring, Grounding..Etc.)
    • 15 days estimated remaining
  • Wet Utilities (Various water/chemical piping systems underground)
    • 25 days estimated remaining
  • Wall Foundations (trenches around the perimeter wall with rebar placed inside)
Looking Ahead:
  • Under slab MEPS ( Mechanical, Plumbing & Electrical underneath where the slab will go)
  • Foundation Pour: Concrete pour for the wall foundation footings
    • Estimated 7 days from now
  • SOG (Slab on Grade): The concrete slab for the floor of the production building
    • Once under slab MEPs are completed and footings are prepped
    • Estimated 1st week of Jan
Construction Progress Site Plan Overlay: Credit Mith Besler

October 10-16-21 Update

Company Updates

No major company updates this week. The company did file their 10-K which is available online. 

 

New Site Photos

Construction Updates

Grading continued this week with all brush and grub cleared on site this week. It appears that a laydown yard has been graded and is ready to receive materials. The base grading for the main facility appears to be nearing final grading and surveying.  A small area of dirt was excavated for the use of a retention pond or concrete washout.  

Looking Ahead:

This next week grading should continue with surveying to get final elevations to start utility work. I would expect we start to see trenching for both dry and wet utilities this week and the potential for more material to show up on site with a higher chance of material on site the following week.  Per the adjusted Gantt Chart utilities are not scheduled to start for another month on November 18th. I believe based of the photos that they will be ready to start utility work earlier than that. Below are some photos from a very similar project done by Miles Construction in the area that gives us a look into what is next. 

Next Up: Pipe Onsite

While grading continues we can expect dry and wet utility material to show up in the laydown area onsite. Typically trenches are dug and the pipe and conduit are placed in the trench before it is covered up underneath the future foundation.

Next Up: Trench

In the photo above you can see a trencher that digs the trench for the pipe or conduit to be placed in.