Concrete will be poured in early morning hours at hospital construction site

ARKPORT — The early bird will get the worm, and if they're in the Town of Hornellsville near Seneca Road, they will have the opportunity to see a lot of concrete poured for the new St. James Hospital over the next several weeks.

At the Hornellsville Town Board meeting Tuesday night, council members discussed a request from LeChase Construction officials for a temporary work start of 4 a.m. one to two times each week from mid-July to the end of August to pour the 117,000 square feet of concrete needed for the the $55 million medical facility. Project manager John Grande explained the reason for the early start in a June 28 letter to Jeffery Johnson, Hornellsville building inspector.

"Due to hot temperatures accelerating the concrete curing process, we would like to be able to place the concrete as early in the morning as possible to allow the finishers ample time to finish the concrete prior to (the) heat of the day," Grande wrote.

Grande said plans call for breaking up the pours into segments of approximately 13,000 square feet per pour. With truck arrival time of approximately 4 a.m., time factored in for setup and pouring, placement operations should be completed each day at about 9:30 a.m.

Construction officials said temporary lights will be used for workers' safety during the early morning hours. The lights will be powered by "low decibel rated" generators and pointed away from residences, Grande told the town building inspector.

"With approximately 600 feet from the building to Seneca Road, an additional 1,000 feet from Seneca Road to the first residence with wooded area between the residences and (the road); we anticipate the noise to be at a minimum," Grande, the project manager, told Johnson in the letter to Hornellsville.

At Tuesday night's meeting, the Hornellsville board raised no concerns about the early start time for the concrete pours. But councilmembers said they want to make sure residents are aware that work will begin at around 4 a.m. on couple days each week, probably starting next week.

“Really, the only noise is going to be is from the concrete trucks,” said Deputy Supervisor James Giglio. "The only thing you’re going to hear from the pump is a ‘whoosh, whoosh.’ That’s all you’re going to hear. 

"It’s really not a big deal. It’s for the curing of the concrete. In this hot weather it’s hard. If it dries too fast on the top, the inside won’t dry.”

The new hospital is expected to open next year.