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multiple panels, and built a crane road about 30 feet wide around
the building. After that, we had to walk around the building to erect
The company also built a 5-foot crawl space below the first floor.
"We technically did everything backwards because the design of the
building is so unique and its proximity to the lake," Moore explains.
"We had casting beds over the building pad, so once we had the
panels erected we erected floors two through four, then excavated
five feet down for the crawl space and erected the first level last."
In addition, one of the unique features of the building will be a
30-foot-tall stone wall in the lobby. "It will be a very high-end lobby
featuring five-by-10-foot stone tile pieces, which weigh about 800
pounds each," Moore says. "This is a first for me, as I've never constructed anything like this before. The designer for the project, GFF
Architects, has done something similar for other projects; however,
not at this large scale. We're about a month away from starting that
work and it'll be interesting to see once it's completed."
Moore notes that the overall project has been "very smooth" with
the help of its trade partners. "Since our subcontractors have been on
board, it's been a really good project," he says. "At RO, we like to make
our subcontractors feel a part of the team and feel accountable for
their areas of work. We're all working towards a common goal and
want to be successful. Our subcontractors are strong, and they really
have bought into the plan and impacted how we've sequenced
things. They have made this job successful so far."
Maintaining safety has also been key to the project's success.
"To date, we have not had any incidents," Moore says. "We hold
everyone accountable when it comes to safety. That's why we hold
weekly safety meetings, including preconstruction meetings with
every subcontractor before they start work. We have our subcontractors complete job hazard analyses for their scope of work. Every
aerial shot of the Signet
shows its proximity to
person who is a part of the team keeps an eye out for each other
while walking the project site. Safety is the No. 1 topic in all of our
Once the project is completed this fall, Moore plans to deliver a
building that exceeds the client's expectations. "During the course of
construction, we think of the project's design and how it will apply to
future use," he concludes. "The main goal, and what we all strive for,
is to turn over a quality product that everyone is proud of."
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