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Climate Change Affecting Utah Construction Companies Utah construction companies face a few important challenges in today’s world. With improving technologies and better systems to build, one would think that construction projects are becoming easier, that the processes are so effective that creating a building shouldn’t be too difficult a process. On the contrary, the better technology and more efficient processes make their projects more difficult than ever before. Factors like global climate change are having a drastic effect on the construction world.

Global warming Many feel that global warming and climate change have had drastic effects on structures. The changing climates and airborne chemicals call for needed structural design changes. This equates to updated and more complicated building processes. The processes require more intense planning, more exact measuring and more stringent placement of materials. Although we have better equipment to do all of these things, that does not necessarily create a sooner project completion date. The trick in these times is getting the job done by the requested completion date.

Delays Many projects are delayed by several months at a time because of unforeseen difficulties. No matter how much experience a construction company may have building an office building, each new project is like a completely new experience.


Certain aspects of the structure stay the same, but there is always something new or different that requires careful treading to make sure the project is completed right. Some of these delays will take longer than others, making the final completion date more of a guess than a promise. Unfortunately for the companies, many construction contracts require the company to pay a set amount of money every day the project is not completed by the expected date. This fee is not just a simple $2500 fee either. This fee is often $10-25,000 dollars a day (depending on the final price of the building). So on top of reaching unforeseen difficulties that are requiring Utah construction companies to undo what they’ve done, buy new materials and pay their workers all the while, they have to pay a daily premium. It’s no wonder the business is so difficult. Global warming and climate change are already affecting older buildings.

Upgrades These older building require important upgrades that test the creative capacity of Utah construction companies. Working under an already established framework can be an incredibly difficult challenge to overcome. These buildings were not built with these upgrades in mind. They were built according to the codes given at the time. Upgrades could therefore require extensive renovations to strengthen against the climate change. The new technology and processes are great for the people that use the building of course, and they are necessary. That is why Utah construction companies spend so much effort creating and upgrading structures to work through global climate change. There will always be environmental changes that will influence their work. For this reason, they will never be able to truly dig themselves out of this situation. They can rest assured that they will always have a job to do though, and that is truly comforting to those that worry about job stability. Photo credit: Tomswift46, 20after4


Climate Change Affecting Utah Construction Companies