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Finding bolt positions for Wholeo Dome foundation

Elizabeth took this photo during the construction of forms for the foundation. Francesco Casini (left, in beret) designed the structure, provided the materials, and guided volunteer assistants. They modified the drainage ditch for 14 hollow aluminium posts, now surrounded with coarse gravel. Temporary wood holds a plastic form prepared for the concrete base ring. 30 bolts (one for each strut around the bottom of the frame) needed to be correctly positioned before the pour. The frame is oriented to the sun path, centered facing south. Click the photo to see a larger version.

Volunteers included school children, farm residents, and visitors attending the Alternative School Conference, May 6-8. Elizabeth helped Francesco every step of the way, the entire week. See the concrete structure emerging from the forms.

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