When the going gets hot, construction workers get nocturnal

When the going gets hot, construction workers get nocturnal
Construction workers pour concrete at 1 a.m. in Chandler, Arizona

A team of construction workers is pouring concrete onto the frame of a structure that will eventually become a wastewater treatment plant. It’s 1 a.m. on a clear night in the suburbs of Phoenix.

The temperature is still in the high 80s. But that’s way down from the area’s recent record high temperatures, up to 118 degrees.

Around here, it never really gets cool in the summer. That’s partly because Phoenix is such a big city that it traps the heat — a heat island.

But now in the middle of the night, it’s finally cool enough to start work.

“We try to pour and place and finish concrete when it’s below 90 degrees,” says Daniel Ward, the construction company’s project director.

From inside an air-conditioned trailer, he says there are things you can do to modify the concrete, like adding ice to cool it down. But it’s just best to work when it’s not as hot.

There are two reasons for working such strange hours. One is the concrete itself.

“It sets up too quick in the day with the sun on it,” says general superintendent Mike Wigness. “Here it’s a little bit slower and manageable.”

The other reason is making sure the workers don’t overheat.

“Everything out here is metal,” Wigness says. “I mean, the rebar, a lot of the forms — it gets hot. I mean, it burns your hands.”

But at this hour, he adds, laughing, “they’re under the natural shade of the moon.”[…]

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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