Imagine getting to work in the morning and opening the door to your office, or striding down the hall to your cubicle, only to discover your desk, floor, chair, computer, phone—all of it, piled high with snow or soaked with water. Now imagine that you needed an important presentation on that computer, or a valuable file buried somewhere on your desk.
Doesn’t sound great, does it?
Construction work runs through all seasons, hot, dry, wet, windy, and cold. We may feel bad for a crew working in sweltering heat, but it’s even worse when the crews aren’t on the job because of weather. And it can happen in any season—this spring the Don Valley Parkway, a major arterial route in Toronto, was closed because of massive flooding after a rainstorm.
The Costs of Weather
Weather delays can have a big financial impact on construction projects: workers are paid overtime to get back on schedule, there may be clean-up costs, or a project might miss its schedule and so can’t be given over to owners or opened to tenants. And it isn’t a rare concern—studies have shown that over the course of a year, a project loses an average of two working days per month because of environmental factors.
A prefabricated module from PCL’s PMC (Permanent Modular Construction) facility being installed onsite.
But there’s a solution for many projects. Permanent Modular Construction is able to limit these kinds of problems by building various project components in a controlled environment.
A Solution to Weather Problems
PCL’s PMC production plant is typically open and able to keep operating, even during bad weather. We can build rooms, install fixtures, and make significant progress on projects that would otherwise be halted. And this is all done with no impact on safety or productivity (though some days we may close earlier to allow workers to get home safely).
So remember that the weather doesn’t have to stop your project. PCL’s PMC team can help you get work done off-site instead. Together, we can keep building on budget and on time (and perhaps even faster)!