When Jim Reeners began building his new student housing building on Tompkins Street in Cortland, temperatures rose to around 50 degrees for about 24 hours on Dec. 1.
That was just long enough for Reeners
and his son Michael to pour a slab of concrete onto the ground.
Since the concrete was cured, the low temperatures have not affected the other aspects of construction, except for their comfort levels, Reeners
student housing building it was 20 degrees.
said this is because heaters have not been installed yet, and the insulation in the ground just below the concrete slab is preventing the warm air from rising into the building.
and his son Michael, the only two workers on the project, said after awhile their bodies become somewhat acclimated to the cold.
Heating the building would not be effective until the insulation in the roof is installed, Reeners
"If you put any heat in this building you're heating Cortland
, not the building," Reeners
said they had planned to pour the concrete around Oct. 1, but in order to meet some building requirements, they had to wait until Dec. 1.
was sure that temperatures would rise at some point, so if it had not warmed he
would have continued setting up the structure and waited for a warmer day.
thinks the strategy of using plastic covers on a structure and using heaters to warm the ground enough to pour concrete is very inefficient.
"You have to introduce enormous amounts of heat into the building to actually make it work," he