JDE Concrete commercial construction crews worked for five months to complete this large commercial downtown restoration project slated to cost $3.4 million dollars for the city of South Haven Michigan. Known locally as the Pheonix Street Project, the intent was to replace outdated underground utilities, tear up, replace, and repave the entire street. Also to be replaced were the sidewalks and curbs while at the same time adding numerous landscaping improvements, seating areas, and exposed aggregate crosswalks.
Shortly after JDE Concrete crews arrived, the winter weather of 2013 (one of the worst winters on record) was battled on a daily basis by very determined JDE foremen and concrete crews. The project was completed in the Spring of 2014, and has made a huge impact on the aesthetics and popularity of the South Haven business district.
JDE Concrete was contracted to redevelop the Pheonix Street downtown business district of South Haven Michigan. Being a highly regarded tourist attraction, South Haven's civil engineers wanted a more pedestrian-friendly commercial district. Major parts of the project included:
The logistics of the South Haven project were such that each contractor was required to stay in constant communication in regards to the complex project scheduling. JDE crews began pouring concrete directly behind the excavators due to the fact that the sidewalk portion of the project was left open the entire duration of the South Haven project. One of the challenges of the project was only being allowed a single day to block the entrance to a storefront business, thereby mandating completion of each section in front of a business to be no longer than one day. Inter-contractor communication was vital at this point because of the extra time and hoops that had to be jumped to resolve each challenge. With coordination from excavator, survey crew, electical contractor, and city engineer, it was determined that 100 to 200 foot sections of old concrete at a time would be torn up and replaced. The concrete was tested by a certified tester, sealed, and covered with heat blankets for a minimum of 24 hours or until the concrete reached 500psi in temps 40° or less. Testing the concrete after cure was an important step. One such test revealed that a section that had heat blankets on for just eight hours obtained a hardness of 1600 psi !
Due to time constraints of the South Haven project, a normal days starting time was 5:00AM to 6:30AM and lasted until midnight on a regular shift, giving the concrete ample time to set so it could be open to the public the following morning. Look through the photo galleries below to look at the total outcome of such a large project. This project easily has more photos than any other JDE project to date.
photos courtesy: Peter Bergsma / Project Foreman
West Winds Place is an upscale apartment community under development in Allendale Michigan that provides housing for a large, and rapidly growing population of professionals and college students alike. Being located within a few blocks of Grand Valley State University, the fastest growing college in the United States, makes for an ideal location for multiple shopping areas, restaurants, golfing, and walking trails. The Allendale area is a pefect location to settle in and enjoy.
So far, JDE Concrete has poured and finished five of these large apartment buildings at the corner of 52nd Avenue and Pierce Street in Allendale Michigan for West Winds Place while being the concrete subcontractor to Johnson Newhoff Associates. Find out sq footage Major parts of the project involved.
JDE Concrete is well aware of the quality demands that are essential in competent completion of a commercial concrete project. Nowhere is that more evident than the work performed on the $3 million dollar ITT Technical Institute in Wyoming Michigan. JDE Concrete was subcontracted to pump and finish this large vocational school concrete pad which included over 20,000 sq. ft. industrial concrete flatwork. As with many large commercial concrete projects, this project called for the amazing accuracy of the Somero SXP laser sceeder to level large areas up to sixteen feet in width in a single pass. The time savings and accuracy of the SXP are indespensable when doing large commercial concrete projects of this size. Wide placement of concrete has become quite common, and JDE Concrete takes advantage of every technique that will give quick project completion while enhancing accuracy.
The ITT Technical Institute concrete project involved subcontracting for a major general contractor to pour the concrete slab measuring over 20,000 sq.ft. for this beautiful technology building on a five acre lot in Wyoming Michigan near M-6 and Byron Center Ave. A thorough list of the ITT project is listed on the right.
To get an idea of JDE's commercial skills, look through the ITT project picture gallery and decide whether your company could use an established concrete company like JDE Concrete.
Be sure to look at the project galleries and the video that was shot after the building was completed.
Aldi's grocery store located in the Celebration Village, is another example of JDE Concrete's exceptional work around the West Michigan area. Along with pouring a large 17,800 square foot industrial concrete slab and perimeter foundation walls, JDE poured large freezer and cooler pads within the building as well. The JDE crews were also responsible for pouring all of the exterior sidewalks, roadway curb, ramps, and entryways.
Once again, JDE Concrete crews used wide placement methods in pouring, placing, and finishing this large 17,800 square foot commercial foundation while subcontracting for one of the areas largest general contractors. Laser screeding was essential to maintain accuracy over a large area such as this. JDE Concrete regularly uses the Somero SXP laser mobile screeder. This beautiful grocery store near Knapp's Corner is one of six operating in the greater Grand Rapids area.
JDE commercial projects have rapidly increased over the years due to JDE's ability to get the qualified foreman, equipment, and manpower to a jobsite and produce high quality results demanded by commercial contractors. JDE uses state-of-the-art computer software to accurately determine the exact project requirements, and do it with the precision and speed that commercial and residential construction contractors need in a timely manner. We have done numerous projects ranging from restaurant flatwork foundations, commercial grocery stores, and commercial parking areas just to name a few. Commercial projects are so varied, we have included just the photos of some of the more recent concrete projects in our assorted concrete projects photo gallery which can be viewed here.