City grants request for temporary change in construction work hours

The construction firm for the Kalahari Resort project requested a temporary change in construction work hours. The request is to allow construction to begin one hour earlier, beginning at 6 a.m., from June 25, 2018, through Nov. 4, 2018, seven days a week. City staff has granted this request with the exception of Saturdays and Sundays, which will remain 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during this timeframe.

The request stems from the construction firm’s goal to increase worker safety and construction quality throughout the concrete foundation/pier work. The earlier start time will afford the craftsmen the opportunity to work less during peak temperatures to help decrease the risk of heat-related illnesses, as well as ensure adequate concrete curing. This is not atypical, and the City has received and granted these types of requests in the past as it relates to concrete work.

In addition, the City expects to receive future requests for temporary construction hour adjustments for this project. Future requests will likely be related to concrete pours and the associated ideal curing temperatures. Both extreme heat and cold can cause issues with concrete curing. Before granting such a request, City staff will take into account these practical construction issues as well as strive to reduce the duration of any noise disturbance to the surrounding neighborhoods. This is the largest project under construction in the City in many years and an enormous amount of concrete is necessary to build it.  As such, off-hour concrete pours are typically a necessary component of a large construction project.

We will keep the public abreast of any changes to the work hours for this project as that information becomes available.

We thank the public in advance for your patience and understanding during the construction phase of this project.

Top 10 (plus three) things to do this summer in Round Rock

Special thanks to Round Rock ISD extern Caitlin Osborne for contributing this blog post! Whether the forecast calls for high temps or rainy days, we have you covered with the top ten (plus three!) things to do this summer in Round Rock. Walk along Brushy Creek’s shaded path in Memorial Park and follow the trail to view our […]

Our water runs deep

Note: Success doesn’t happen by accident. For the City of Round Rock, it’s been a decades-long process of strategic planning  and methodical execution. The Future Forward series highlights our efforts to manage Round Rock’s rapid growth.  “No water, no life. No blue, no green.” – Sylvia Earle, marine biologist  Hard to state it any more simply than […]

Kalahari puts on a Texas-sized groundbreaking

We’ve been to dozens of groundbreakings in Round Rock over the years, but none like the one for Kalahari Resorts last week. The big tents, the amazing food, the large video backdrop on the stage and the laid-back delivery of owner Todd Nelson showcased Kalahari’s one-of-a-kind hospitality expertise. The size, the scale and the nature of business were on display […]

Mayor: City’s history of economic development success continues with Kalahari 

Mayor Craig Morgan pens a monthly column for the Round Rock Leader. This is a repost of his  most recent feature . What does the word “growth” bring to mind for you? If comments on the City of Round Rock’s social media pages and citizen surveys are any indication, your answer is probably traffic.  You would be hard-pressed to find […]

Mayor: Program marks 5 years of empowering neighborhoods

Mayor Craig Morgan pens a monthly column for the Round Rock Leader. This is a repost of his most recent feature . For a generation that has the entire world at our fingertips, we don’t always do a great job of connecting with those around us. Many of us can remember a time when our neighborhoods defined who we were […]

Spruce Up Your Sprinkler System and Save

Spring has arrived! The onset of warmer weather can lead to an increase in landscape irrigation. Before you ramp up your watering, be sure to spruce up your irrigation system. System maintenance can help save you a lot of money and water! Cracks in pipes can lead to costly leaks, and broken sprinkler heads can […]

Mayor: Round Rock’s strategic plan sets path for success

Mayor Craig Morgan pens a monthly column for the Round Rock Leader. This is a repost of his  most recent feature . It’s no secret why Round Rock continues to gain national attention and accolades, with an increasing number of residents moving here to enjoy our beautiful parks, community events, recreational activities, economic opportunities, safe neighborhoods and local retail. Despite […]

Planning commission recommends approval of Kalahari zoning

The Round Rock  Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the Planned Unit Development (PUD) for the Kalahari Resort project at its March 7 meeting. The next step will be a City Council public hearing and vote on the zoning. That is expected at a City Council meeting on April 12. You can watch the presentations, discussion and subsequent votes from the P&Z meeting . The zoning applies to multiple parcels acquired by the City for the project . You can […]

Kalahari zoning vote set for March 7 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting

Kalahari Resorts has submitted a zoning application to the City, and review and negotiations are under way between company representatives and staff. A public hearing and recommendation vote are scheduled for March 7 at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting at City Hall, 221 E. Main St. The company is planning a 1,000-room hotel, family resort and conference center on 351 acres on U.S. 79 across from the Dell Diamond. Kalahari Resorts […]