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Construction crews take advantage of mild winter

Warm temperatures allow construction projects to push ahead of schedule

February 06, 2012|Meteorologist Brent Watts

While businesses that rely on a snowy winter are hurting right now, a dry winter isn't always bad news.

Just ask home construction crews around the region.

February is typically one of the least productive months for home construction. So bad that construction crews typically add in a few extra days to compensate for the snowy and cold weather.

Peter Fields, owner of Fields Construction Company in Roanoke, says this year it has allowed the company to get ahead of schedule on several projects.

Fields admits, "construction is a month ahead of schedule," talking about the large project of new builds in Roanoke's Old Southwest Community.

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It's not just snow days, but cold temperatures that can also put concrete and masonry work on hold.

"If it's in the teens and 20s, we can't get this work done, that means the workers are at home instead of out here working." In today's housing market, "that's a big deal" says Fields. "These workers have families to feed and bills to pay too.

It's not just about the convenience, less snow also means safer surroundings.

"If you have a lot of ice and snow when framing these buildings, it can get a little slippery for employees," says Fields.

He's not terribly concerned about the Groundhog Day prediction of six more weeks of winter.

"We're optimistic those six weeks will be like the last six weeks."

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