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.