Turn to Crosby when essential projects must move forward despite cold weather


It’s a fact of life in the Midwest: When the temperature drops, the challenges associated with concrete pouring and curing rise. So when a project absolutely, positively must go forward despite cold weather and other adverse conditions, Crosby Construction, like many other contractors, adopts Cold Weather Concrete Placement Procedures.

“Although we’re a general contractor offering a full range of services, we specialize in the construction of new water- and wastewater-treatment facilities and in the modernization of aging water- and wastewater-treatment facilities throughout northern Indiana,” says Russ Jacobs, Crosby Construction’s senior project manager. “So, pouring concrete is a huge part of what we do.

“One of the biggest challenges we face every year is pouring concrete during the cold-weather months,” Jacobs continues. “We have to manage unpredictable weather conditions throughout the process, from pouring, to curing, to protecting the newly formed concrete from freezing. Of course, protecting our workforce from the extreme weather experienced while working outside in cold weather is also uppermost in our minds.

“In addition to the vast amount of experience in working with concrete in cold weather we’ve accrued over the years, we also adhere to the standards set forth by the American Concrete Institute, a nonprofit technical society,” Jacobs adds. “Solid experience, coupled with following proven formal guidelines, is a recipe for success.”

A brief look at the American Concrete Institute guidelines for the placement of cold-weather concrete, closely followed by Crosby Construction:

“As one can see from these general guidelines, and the ACI standards for Cold Weather Concreting (306.1-90), the proper placement of concrete is a science,” Jacobs says. “Having the necessary experience and following these guidelines is important regardless of the season. However, it’s even more important during the winter months.