In February, I went on a tour of the CoorsTek construction site with ASCE. It was interesting to see how the project was going and be able to talk with the superintendent and a couple of the engineers who worked on the project.

At this stage the steel was still being welded and concrete slab poured on the east side of the site, while glazing and dry wall were being put up on the west side. This was not the original plan, but due to delays in the concrete core on the east side, everything was pushed back and it was decided to start glazing. To accommodate the situation, mildew resistant dry wall was required, even for the interior walls, which cost more per unit, but allowed construction to continue. It was fascinating to see how once the critical path was disrupted, construction continued with more of a laddering technique, to minimize additional delays.

I was also struck by how well the General Contractors and the Engineers got along. It emphasized for me how important it is to have a good relationship with both sides of the project so that it can be completed properly and successfully.