Cold Spell Construction: How We Persevere When Winter Outstays its Welcome

If you live in the Chicago area, you’ve definitely noticed that winter has been slow to loosen its grip on us this year. Not since 1965 has the first day of spring been colder. By the end of April we had endured the wettest spring since 1947.

Fresh snow
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When wintery conditions extend into April and even May it changes our approach to construction. The key to building in a harsh environment is stabilizing the sub-base of a structure. It allows us to get the building sealed and under roof as quickly as possible.

We began construction early in April on a 200,000 square-foot office/warehouse facility for Interstate Partners in Gilberts, Illinois. After the initial land grading process, we used a pumping system to continuously dewater the site. We also built stone haul access roads to keep the moisture outside of our building parameters. By taking these crucial first steps, we were able to complete the shell of the building within our initial five-week time frame despite the harsh weather.

With the right approach, we can provide a quality product for our clients in a timely manner even in the toughest of conditions.

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