When we started this task I knew there were going to be a lot of people involved, from the excavation to building and concrete to electrical. I did not know that all of these people would be working together, on one project.
As those of you know live in Michigan know, its been a cold few weeks. We have had freezing temperatures and blistery winds, and here we are, the crazy ones, trying to get a building up. Concrete does not like cold weather and that was the task at hand this past week. Concrete needs to be warm enough in order to cure properly, the warmer it is outside the faster this happens. If temperatures get too cold, 22 degrees to be exact, the concrete will freeze and “pop” or “crack”. We definitely had our work cut out for us!
The concrete team is someone who Tim did work for back in his college days, Mark Wright. He is a great guy who had a few others there to help him out. Our construction crew was also there to help and wasn’t afraid to jump right in! The guys from Alt Oil Co., that weren’t delivering were out there also. The concrete pumping truck, Lakeshore Concrete Pumping came to distribute the concrete from Huizenga and Sons Redi-Mix. It was all hands on deck! When you have a 50 x 120 building it takes a big crew, and two separate concrete pouring days to finish the job. It took about 4 days in total to get the whole thing done. A lot of shoveling and team work went on out there, and we FINISHED! It is now closed up with tarp until the doors come in and heaters were brought in to ensure there was no “pop.”
Now we wait for a good day to install doors, things sure are looking different!