Tuesday, September 12, 2006
My Astonishing Commercial Center Project
The project is starting to materialize. Today my contract has been signed (the final amount is 60% of the one I asked in my proposal!) and a third has been already paid on account of the work I did. It a small step ahead for the engineering professionm but a big step for Jaim Klein. I mean, seeing and touching and smelling some actual, real, dirty money. The negotiation was carried out not in the offices of the Client, but in Netanya's Sharon Mall, on a coffee table, with gorgeous office girls chatting and flirting around. I have no idea who my Clients are, but who cares if the cheque has funds and it seems it has since it is countersigned by the bank that lends the money for the project.
According to Israeli law, 30% of the rainfall on the plot has to be recycled, that is, reinjected to the aquifer. I was not sure how deep we have to drill the infiltration shafts, but as seen in the pictures, it appears that that the soil is sandy lateritic, with one meter pure white sand layers, that are very permeable and will take all the water we infiltrate. So we dont have to drill very deep at all.
I talked to the supervisor engineer of the neighbouring project, very professional and cool, and he told me that he had almost no demands from the fire people, but for a commercial center I have to have sprinklers etc. That is the most difficult part of the design as I have to make the calculations by hand, as I have no hydraulic calculations software.
I am terribly busy and time stressed. I have to deliver drawings and bills of quantities to the contractors. My name as an engineer is starting to circulate and new clients are asking me for proposals.