Red Rock Ranch and Surrounding Community,
First, the Town of Monument would like to express its appreciation to the community for bringing forward their concerns regarding the construction of the Towns new water tank project. We understand this project has had its share of impact on the Red Rock Ranch community and adjacent residents. Through community feedback such as this the Town can improve upon future projects and processes in Monument and neighboring communities.
On Monday July 17, 2023, the prime contractor Preload Construction, had scheduled the 2nd of 2 critical concrete placements, constructing the dome for the tank (roof). This process was not only a major milestone for the project but was also one of the most significant and time sensitive phases for the project. The concrete placement “pours” entailed 175 cubic yards of concrete (roughly 22 truckloads). This effort requires a continuous flow of concrete to prevent drying or setting between each load that is placed, ensuring a monolithic seamless structure. The process is highly coordinated and time sensitive between the off-site concrete manufacturing plant, each individual cement delivery truck, the placement pump truck and the cement finishing craftsman. Because this process cannot stop once started, uncontrollable influences such as weather, traffic, work lighting, cement curing times and equipment failures are of significant concern when undertaking this process. The anticipated start time was 5:00am with a projected 6-8 hours of concrete transporting and pumping. The actual duration ended up being 12 hours, with completion at roughly 6:15pm.
On behalf of the Town of Monuments Public Works Department and the Prime Contractor – Preload Construction, we extend our appreciation and patience throughout the project, but more specifically on Monday. Collectively, we take responsibility that better communication to the surrounding area residents could have been provided and was overlooked, while making last minute adjustments to accommodate for real-time weather, traffic and concrete plant productions. We understand that the Contractor started earlier than the anticipated 5:00am, and this is not typical of our normal 7:00am rule. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We are happy to announce this was the last phase of the project requiring work outside of normal operating hours. However, if something unforeseen in the future arises where an earlier start is required, we will be sure to provide advanced notification.
Jeremiah Reichert – Assistant Public works Director