This summer, Concrete Science had the honor of completing 39 driveways for a nearby neighborhood. The process came with some minor challenges, however, the homeowners were more than pleased as it ended in a major success! After taking the time to ask our project manager, Kerry Hicks, and production manager, Tim DaBruzzi some questions regarding the job, we were able to understand the procedure behind what it takes for a team to execute such a large product.
Kerry, our project manager, explained the process of bringing on this new client, and the skills it took to manage the project. Initially, the homeowner’s association of the neighborhood and Kerry Hicks met at the Hopkins Art Center. They asked him a few questions about Concrete Science and the process behind what pouring 39 concrete driveways looks like. What are the first steps? How long does this process take to complete? What will the cost be? Giving the board detailed responses, they happily decided to go with us.
Initially, the association had a different plan of action than what we went with. They mentioned what they wanted, however, Kerry thought there was a more efficient method to go about the job. Kerry stated “They wanted to do all of the driveways at once. I told them that a better strategy might be to do the job in phases.” This is just what they did. Before this could be done, there was a bidding process. Kerry mentioned “I cost everything out. I don’t believe in going off of square footage estimates. I more so go off of the method of how much everything is going to cost. I take into account the excavating, saw cutting, concrete, etc.”. To do this he took many trips out, spending at least 40 hours at the job.
When it comes to how this project is managed on the production side, there are specific strategies to follow in order to create the desired outcome. In this case, there were some setbacks that arose which the crew handled effectively and strategically. Finding that there were sprinkler pipes underneath the current asphalt driveways, they had to make sure to work around the pipelines. The team also needed to organize where the homeowners were going to park and come to an understanding of when each individual project was going to start and end. When the crew arrived they also realized there were some curbs that needed to be replaced as well. Adding on additional work and coordinating with all 39 homeowners, it meant that the timeframe of this job was extended.
In the end, the elaborate project of completing 39 driveways was done in three phases: demo to completion. Each phase took around 5 days. Finishing in a total of 15 days, the homeowner’s association board, along with the entire neighborhood, was more than pleased. Turning out better than the crew could even imagine, the workmanship that was out there is really what made it all possible!