Humble Words January 2014


Happy New Year and welcome to the beginning of another year of our Humble Words newsletter. We're starting off 2014 with a lot of activity and challenging projects. We hope you find it interesting (and maybe even a bit impressive) as we tell you about a major project that needed to be completed in a tight space and on an even tighter schedule.


  Tight Space, Tight Schedule
Sometimes there are projects that just have to get done on a specific schedule, regardless of the scope and challenges. As a construction company, we understand that our clients have production schedules and other external factors that require things to get done in what some would consider to be impossible circumstances. But Humble Construction thrives in situations that require us to find solutions to difficult jobs.

We recently completed a project like that right now. A long-time client has a piece of equipment in their facility that was installed years ago. It was operating in an existing shallow pit with no access for maintenance. Our task was to prep the area, demolish the existing pit and construct a larger pit for this piece of equipment so the client can perform maintenance as needed in the future.

While it sounds like a straightforward project like dozens we have done in the past, it wasn't. That's because the project had to be completed in an extremely tight space inside the client's facility without interrupting their production. And it needed to be done in 10 days.

To be completed no later than 10 days.
After months of planning and with all of our drawings and engineering in place, Humble Construction went to work 24 hours a day around the clock until the project was completed. We started by demolishing the existing pit and creating an earth retention system. The new pit had to stay within the same footprint of the existing pit, but we needed to excavate down 14 feet to provide the additional space for maintenance. After that, we would construct a new press support with structural steel that we fabricated specifically for the requirements of this job.

To hit our deadline, we knew everything would have to happen with precision and efficiency...but when does that happen on a construction job site.

We have been doing this too long to say we were surprised when we encountered several "unknowns" during the project. Within days of the start, our carefully planned schedule required significant adjustments. But the one thing that could not change was the end date. We kept that firmly in view, and through an incredible coordinated effort with Humble, the building owner and the structural engineer, the new pit was ready for the equipment to be reset right on schedule -- true to Humble's reputation.

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Every year, we speak with clients who are looking for a solution to this problem. We often recommend the Frommelt® RainGuard™ RG-3000 from Rite Hite. Its header seal is the only dock sealing product that uses weight and gravity to create a tight, consistent seal across the tops of trailers, preventing rain or melted snow from funneling off trailers into the dock area to help to eliminate costly problems caused by water on the dock such as expensive product damage or contamination, employee safety hazards, damage to material handling equipment.

The RainGuard™ RG-3000 has the industry's largest trailer coverage range -- 15 inches. That’s nearly double what any other rain diversion seal can provide. That means the widest range of trailers, short or tall alike will get the same tight seal at your dock. The RG-3000 also includes heavy-duty Neotec™ front impact plates and an exclusive pivoting canopy header to ensure its long-term durability.

When you’re looking for insights in the complex construction process,
call Humble Construction.


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