Custom Concrete at work in Speedway

Usually during the month of May in Indiana, people make their way to the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway to enjoy the month’s festivities (including the greatest spectacle in racing). And while the rest of the world looked to Indiana for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, Custom Concrete has been busy at work with a new project right across the street from the iconic raceway for 4 months.

The town of Speedway, Indiana is experiencing new growth and with it comes new centers of commerce and places to live. The project Custom Concrete is currently working on is for mixed-use development and will include parking, apartments, and retail storefronts. It’s the first multi-family project the town has seen in 20 years!

For the new development, Custom Concrete is responsible for the foundation, slab, and sidewalks. And while work slowed down over race weekend, our crew is now back on site to keep the job running on time. Project completion is anticipated in late 2018/early 2019, with plenty of time to spare for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500!

Working on the Speedway job site are two remarkable individuals: James Morley , Project Superintendent with CRG Residential, and Otis Hensler, one of our supervisors in the Multifamily Division.

James has been working with CRG Residential for eight years, but he’s been in the trades for over 30. When it comes to job sites, he’s seen just about everything. “The biggest challenge we face is maintaining our schedule. Especially with this Indiana weather.”

James finds the Speedway job particularly interesting for a couple of reasons. “This particular project is sitting on a steel podium, which I have done before but not with CRG and not in Indiana. It’s also a cool location. To be within yards of the Speedway every day, especially during the month of May. This development will bring lots of possibilities to the town of Speedway.”

Otis started at Custom Concrete three years ago with zero concrete experience. Not a stranger to manual labor, his previous work experience was with a trucking company, where he spent the majority of his time in the warehouse loading semi-trucks. Now his spends his days managing crews and working with project superintendents to stay on time and on budget.

His involvement on the Speedway project has not gone unnoticed. “Otis’s focus and attention to detail has been apparent on the Speedway jobsite,” said Field Operation Manager Chad Tragesser. “His communication style and ability has made life easier for the general contractors out in the field and his willingness to go the extra mile is helping the project to run smoothly.”

James agrees. In an email to Custom Concrete management regarding the team working on the Speedway jobsite, he specifically called out Otis. “It’s not often as a superintendent that I get to send out an email to thank a company for their hard work. I deeply appreciate all the work that Otis and Raymundo’s crew have been doing… thanks for all of Custom’s hard work, cooperation and cleanliness.”

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