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Changes in weather force construction crews to constantly adjust

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Posted at 6:50 AM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 11:27:08-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When a snowstorm is heading to town, construction supervisors turn into meteorologists.

Rob Cleavinger, the director of construction operations at JE Dunn’s Kansas City, Missouri, office, said the weather dictates what happens on a construction site.

In some cases, crews can work inside a building when it’s snowing outside.

In other cases, crews don’t come in to work and make up for the lost day on the weekend.

“It is something that cannot be avoided, but we do our best to try to look forward, have contingency plans,” Cleavinger said.

During Wednesday’s snow event, crews could not pour concrete around a new building on the campus of Kansas City University. Instead, the constructions workers focused on painting walls and installing components to future classrooms inside the building, which is scheduled to open close to summer.

With roughly 100 projects currently in the works around the Kansas City area, JE Dunn said one small weather event can have a big impact.

Cleavinger said the company factors in lost days to its timelines based on the season.