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Olive Garden

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Trench Work in Progress

Trench work started late yesterday afternoon. Today the concrete crew returned to continue the trench work. The goal is for them to finish by the time the plumbers come to work on Tuesday. The foreman running the concrete crew is as agressive as Woody. He'll be getting a crew started on Tuesday ready to pour a portion of the parking lot. Hopefully, they will make more progress tomorrow or Monday.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Piers are Complete!

This Friday morning is off to a mix of surprises and scheduled work proceeding quicker than expected. As is usual for Friday's we had a site meeting. Usually the McDonald's Area Construction Manager would be present but he was unable to attend today. However, Michael Sawyers, Parkway Construction Project Manager, and the McDonald's Partners and his associates were able to attend.

Today we completed all 52 piers! The grading should finish tomorrow despite the delays. All in all, we made wonderful progress when you consider we were unable to work 16 days this month. The concrete foreman and his crew really came through today. We'd planned that they would be working through the weekend on piers. They definitely beat the deadline.

Above is a picture of the three drilling rigs early this morning. Below are photos of the grading before lunch.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Pier Drilling Continues

Here's Woody doing what he does best! It's been very exciting having crews on site grading the lot, drilling piers, setting up cages, pouring concrete, and most importantly, making progress. Tomorrow we expect not only our Project Manager, McDonald's Project Manager, but also the McDonald's Partners and their associates. Trucks continue to come in and out hauling out the dirt that is cut from the site. Surveyors have started blue topping the site. Our GEO Tech company has had an agent onsite through the process of drilling, setting, and pouring the piers. Altogether, the day has progressed at a much greater speed than yesterday. The concrete foreman and his crew completed 30 piers today! Excellent work.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Grading & Pier Work

Grading is scheduled to be completed by the end of this week. Meanwhile, we will begin drilling the piers today. That meant the GEO Tech company was onsite to conduct inspections throughout the process. Furthermore, we had a City Building Inspector come out to do the city inspection for piers and cages. Woody has started scheduling work for next week. We'll lose a work day right at the beginning of the month with the Labor Day holiday. Our goal is to be able to meet our scheduled weekly deadlines in the four day work week, all the same.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Grading Makes Great Progress

The excavating crew has continued to cut the site and haul dirt away rotating between four semi-trucks. The concrete forman sent a crew out to the site to begin preparing for the drilling rigs arriving tomorrow. We've scheduled the city inspection as well as the one with the Geo Tech company.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Building Pad is Certified

Woody is seen here with Reese the Superintendent for the development where we are constructing this latest McDonald's. Reese often comes out to the site to see how things are progressing. They are both pleased to finally have crews back to work and begin making progress. The grading company sent a grader and trucks early this morning to resume grading. The ground was dry enough to return to work. The Geo Tech co certified the building pad!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Preparing to Resume Work

Finally, the rain has come to a stop and the ground is dry enough to resume work. We've had to reinstall the job site id banners and the SWPPP board. All notices are now posted and workers are scheduled to return tomorrow.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Rained Out Aug 15th to Aug 23rd

Last Friday, we changed the location site for our weekly site meeting. We discussed the delay due to grading issues and rain days with the McDonald's Partner. Discussions continued regarding decor, kitchen equipment, exterior wall coverings and colors, etc. Woody showed Mr Jasper and Michael Sawyers the changed grading plan that Ben Sims provided him yesterday. We've sent the changes to the grading company. On Thursday, although the site was too wet to work, the concrete crew came out and began pumping water off the building pad. We're hoping to return to work on Monday. The sun has been in and out over the weekend drying the ground some.

Friday, August 15, 2008

End of the Week Ends in Rain

The weekly site meeting was moved to the McDonald's Partners' other Fort Worth location due to the rain. Needless to say, the grading work has ceased for now. We'll hope for sunshine to dry out the wet ground over the weekend, so we can return to work on Monday. Meanwhile, we were able to meet with Jimmy Lopez and the Jaspers to discuss changes, scheduling, and site grading issues. Ben Sims, Engineer, reviewed grading plans with Woody and agreed to provide him with a solid plan by Tuesday of next week.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Relocating and Grading

Today the grading crew continued to grade the site & 4 trucks were used continuously throughout the day to haul out the dirt. The concrete crew came in to start constructing the pier cages to be used next week when we begin drilling the piers. We had to move the job trailer and portolet to allow the developers electrician to relocate their electrical line. Woody continues to be uneasy about the depth of the cuts made on the site. Jimmy Lopez, McD Area Construction Manager, came out to get a visual of Woody's concerns. Concerns will be addressed at tomorrow's weekly site meeting. For now Woody is progressing per plan.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Grading Resumes after Job Hold

Grader started early this morning cutting the lot. Trucks have been coming in and out hauling dirt away from the site. It wasn't long before an electrical line was uncovered. This is newer line installed by the developer through the McDonald's job site. Originally it was installed the mandatory depth below grade per code. However, this was according to the developers grade without consideration to the McDonald's permitted grades. It has been determined that the developer will have to have their electrical contractor relocate their line so that it will be underground per code per the McDonald's grading plan. Grading continued throughout the day. Seen above is the depth measurement, the broken line, and Reese determining consistency of line depth.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

JOB on Hold Aug 7 to Aug 12

Today is the 6th day we've lost due to the temporary hold on the project. The questions Woody raised on the 6th of August regarding the depth of the cuts were taken seriously by our Project Manager and the McDonald's Area Construction Manager. It caused the job to be placed on hold while an investigation was started. The engineering company and developer were brought in to shed light on the situation. Finally, today we held a meeting regarding the conflict in the topo numbers. Ben Sims came from the engineering company and Dan Dover and Reese were present to represent the developer. After the meeting we were given permission to continue with the grading per plan. Woody scheduled the grading company and their surveyors to return tomorrow to continue grading the lot.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

McDonald's: Grading & T Pole Inspection

The City of Fort Worth sent out an Electrical Inspector who checked the temporary electrical pole. He then signed off on it. The grading crew continued to cut into the lot. Woody has raised concerns with the Project Manager and the McD Area Construction Manager regarding the depth of the cuts. There appears to be a conflict between the TOPO numbers on the plans and the actual existing numbers.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

First Onsite Site Meeting

Today we had our Project Manager, Michael Sawyers, as well as the McDonald's Area Manager, Jimmy Lopez and the McDonald's Partner come to the job trailer to get a visual of the job site and grading work in progress. Grading continues with trucks continually hauling the dirt that is cut out of the lot. We passed our stake inpection with the City of Fort Worth. The electricians installed a temporary electric pole.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Silt Fence Installed

Grading company sent out a crew to put up the silt fence. This is of course a requirement per our Storm Water Pollution Protection Plan. They finished today which will allow grading to begin tomorrow.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Preparing for work to Take Off

Soon the lot will have a variety of crews from surveyors, utility workers, grading crews, and concrete crews. We received delivery of the portolet today. This is a very necessary item when we have so many people on site. We also checked to make sure we are ready for the scheduled stake inspection on Monday with the City of Fort Worth.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Grading Work to Begin

Woody has scheduled the grading crew and GEO Tech company for Monday. We've spent most of Thursday and part of today at the Parkway Corporate office. Woody also scheduled the stake inspection for Monday. Aside from scheduling work, we've been setting up the job trailer and bringing office setup from storage. We are definitely ready to begin this project