Constructing a 5-million-gallon water tank amid extreme summer heat

The Gerber Construction team and staff from the Kearns Improvement District worked through the night of June 16, 2021, to pour concrete for a new drinking water tank as northern Utah experienced recording-breaking heat.

Hot days are not ideal when pouring large amounts of concrete. Somewhere between 75°F and 100°F, hot weather can start to compromise concrete strength and is dangerous for the crew to work in. To make matters worse, concrete gives off heat as it cures.

To beat the heat, the design and construction team worked overnight to receive, pour, and spread 950 cubic yards of concrete to form the base of the tank. Engineers from Hansen, Allen & Luce (HAL) observed as they finished up early in the morning.

The new 5-million-gallon tank, serving an area called Zone D, is being constructed in Salt Lake County, Utah, and will serve drinking water to the growing population on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley. HAL provided preliminary and final design, coordinated with governing entities, prepared bid documents, and helped with bidding and Project Construction Administration Services.

The District will connect this tank to its drinking water system as soon as construction is complete in the Spring of 2022. In 2020, the District completed both a 1.5 MG and a 2 MG tank designed by HAL.

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