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Construction in the Cold of Dunnhumby Headquarters
CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- Each of the nine stories of the Dunnhumby Center will have 14 foot ceilings, wide staircases and natural light from skylights streaming into open office spaces.
Casting has to do with concrete and he Dunnhumby design is more concrete that steel. The floor, walls, fluted columns all can't be cast in concrete until it warms up.
"It comes down to freezing temperatures of water. You can add all the additives you want but if the concrete freezes by the time it gets here you just can't place it."
Freezing temperatures too cold for concrete is too cold for for construction workers.
"You physically cannot be productive right now, give about three days we'll be back at it."
It's too cold for workers to set it up but also too cold to pour concrete. The freezing temperatures are a minor setback. The possibility of the big chill was in the plan.
"The contractors have done a great job working with weather. We're ahead of schedule and with the schedule we have the next couple of months we'll be fine. We were prepared for this."
If you drive by the site on Fifth Street and use your imagination you can get an idea of at this workplace of the future will look like. There is a mockup of the dark gray concrete facade, there will be lots of skylights glass and sunlight slipping through.
Sunlight should be here by Friday when workers can get back on the job. The building will have three parking levels. The first story will be retail space.