Temporary heat is commonly used on construction projects in winter. Beyond the obvious benefit of keeping the work environment warm for employees and materials, it ensures proper air ventilation inside an enclosure. While heat is not required in summer, maintaining good ventilation is critical. Temporary air movers provide a safe work environment and keep your project on track during the hot, humid summer months.
It’s cold. But, your construction project is humming along nicely. Before temps dropped into the single-digits, the slab was poured. The walls are going up and the windows are scheduled soon. Then, one of your temporary heating units takes a hiatus! Construction on the site’s south side is now in jeopardy. You call for repairs. Depending on how long it takes to get the heater back online, that new slab may freeze, drywall tape and joint compound may not dry, materials may become damaged, or the ground may frost—all causing construction delays and increasing costs. Fortunately, situations like this are easily avoidable. Regular preventative maintenance can minimize the risk of costly problems and ensure your construction project stays on schedule and budget.
Despite “BTU” appearing on residential and commercial heating and cooling equipment, few people understand what it means.
BTU stands for British Thermal Unit and represents the amount of energy required to raise 1 pound of water 1° F at sea level. Common heating and cooling equipment are rated in terms of how many BTUs per hour they can add to or remove from the air. The higher the BTU rating, the more heating or cooling capacity the unit has. The heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry uses BTU to size heaters and air conditioning units for different applications.
For this project, Kubricky Construction was tasked with replacing and fortifying the concrete within the Eisenhower Locks. In order to do this, the canals were closed for a short period of time which required workers to work as quickly and efficiently as possible. Timing was critical for this project as there was a tight 80-day deadline.
Our challenge for this project was to find a way to effectively and safely heat Kubricky’s small outdoor poly-tented work spaces. We understood the need to compensate for the heat loss with poly while at the same time deliver dry hot air with no concern for emitting CO’s and no burning oxygen (like an interior type heat).