The Vertical Ventures project features the tallest indoor rock climbing wall in the state of Florida. To do this, Burgess removed a section of the floor slab and dug 10 feet under the slab to get a 40-foot clearance in a previously 30-foot-tall warehouse. The existing bay doors had to be expanded to fit equipment inside of the building, and 20-foot-long steel sheets — the longest they could use without damaging the building’s ceiling — had to be braced with structural steel to support the pit due to sandy soil conditions. Dirt was removed from the building bucket-by-bucket using a front-end loader before pouring new concrete for the slab and climbing walls and completing backfill between the walls and sheets. Removal of the sheets and backfill was simultaneous and had to be done by a flat-bed truck at the end of each day.
What makes it interesting?
In order to construct the tallest indoor rock climbing wall in Florida, Burgess removed a section of the floor slab and dug 10 feet under the slab to get a 40-foot clearance. This was an extremely intricate and detailed scope of work. There were a lot of moving parts, from the logistics of getting heavy equipment inside the building, to height restraints once inside the building, to creating the shoring plan with the help of a structural engineer.
How HCSS Software assisted with this project
HeavyBid allowed Burgess to keep track of different scope items and make sure costs were covered. The superintendent, heavily involved in the bidding process, had no experience using HeavyBid but was still able to easily understand the estimate. Burgess used HeavyBid to change out equipment, productions, materials, etc., while thinking of how to build the job. Burgess’ HeavyBid system is built out in good detail, including code books. On an intricate project like this, HeavyBid allows them to focus on really thinking through the bid and the costs rather than spending time doing clerical work.