site with both large and small blasts. This allowed us to continue operating in areas and cut the building pad down to the proper elevations. Even with the challenge of 30 plus days of rain, we were able to maintain and push ahead with all areas of work.
Not only did the blasting and wet weather try to slow us down, but the cold weather became an issue and we with great fortitude, were able to overcome it. During the cold months of October through December, we partnered with our concrete subcontractor and finisher to the complete the Job before the snow hit.
We used blankets, hot water and an accelerating admixture with the winter weather conditions, which allowed us to be able to continue with steel erection, block work, and the roof simultaneously. With quality control at the utmost importance in all aspects, we used a third party surveyor and testing agency to check forms, subgrade, and trench drain elevations to verify proper compaction, moisture content, stone thicknesses, and proper elevations were achieved.
The end user, FedEx Ground, came to Cooper Construction and requested early access to the building along the dock wall to install their conveyor equipment. With this schedule acceleration of two and a half weeks, we took this challenge and ran with it. We were able to complete approximately 15 items that FedEx requires in order for the material handling vendors’ arrival. Some of the major items included main power and the energization of the Building. With Easements, Property Owners and power companies, power to the building can be an arduous task. Once the paperwork was complete and the construction crew was set in motion, we had poles set and wires pulled in only two days due to approximately thirty inches of snowfall facing them.
Through the above actions and items, Cooper Construction overcame grueling challenges through hard work, dedication and the great field superintendents.