Baby, It’s (Really) Cold Outside!

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

As the current deep freeze slows work on construction projects, contractors look forward to the end of the week when things will start to heat up… relatively speaking.

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Atlas Copco under construction at 3301 Cross Creek Parkway

During these dangerously low temperatures, most outside work has been suspended as construction workers would otherwise be at great risk of frostbite, hypothermia and dehydration.  As if that isn’t enough, slower than normal reaction times and impaired ability to concentrate can lead to worker accidents on site.

Another consideration in low temperatures is the cost of construction. Costs always increase in cold weather given the expected wear and tear on equipment and the need for extra supplies including insulating blankets, plastic, fuel and heaters.

The temperature is expected to climb to 33 degrees by Friday when work will most likely resume.  After talking with contractors today, I’ve decided to complain a bit less about the cold outside as I dash between my climate controlled environments.