Surprises are never a good thing in construction. But they come with the territory.
Recently Ed Reilly, a project manager with Projx Construction Group, found a potentially expensive surprise lurking underground. When Ed dug up the floor of a decades-old structure in Evanston to buildout Goldfish Swim School's latest location, he discovered a $46,000 problem - bad soil.
The soil test engineer declared the ground unfit for the weight of a pool full of water. He told Ed he needed to dig out four extra feet of material and replace it with 3" stone. An expensive undertaking totaling $46,000 in additional costs for his client.
"It's a tough situation because it's not something anyone could have foreseen. Goldfish didn't have this in their budget, yet they really didn't have a choice," said Ed. "I knew I needed to find a less costly way to support the weight."
Most contractors would have just sent the client a bill. But not Ed, he reached out to Projx' engineering team and together with the soil engineer they found a creative solution - Tensar Geogrid.
Geogrid is actually a product made for constructing highways. But the ingenious team at Projx found a way to safely incorporate it into a swimming pool - saving their client $22,000.
It's a happy ending to a successful project. Now the kids of Evanston have a great new space to learn to swim. And Projx Construction Group has a happy client
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