Last week’s long-term forecast of hot and dry days ahead took an unexpected turn Sunday night as the first in a series of storms rolled through north Texas. At our building site in McKinney we saw 3 inches of rain over three of the next four days! We dodged the surprise hailstorm that hit nearby sections of the Dallas area early Wednesday morning. The Insurance Council of Texas estimated that as many as 20,000 home insurance and 25,000 automobile insurance claims would be filed, totaling between $400 and $500 million in damages!
Rain is a mixed blessing. In Texas, generally speaking, we always like to see rain—but it obviously seriously impacted the site work this week. For example, the city won’t do certain inspections during rainy periods, so some of those scheduled inspections were delayed by three to seven days. Weather permitting, over time the builder hopes to catch up on these schedule delays.
In the meantime, with the foundation poured last week, the next big step is to form and pour the driveways and fire lane, so preparatory work is currently being done for that. In this week’s meeting we went through the usual status report on the many areas of the construction, such as schedule updates, design changes, furnishings, utilities, data/security, tile and stone, irrigation, sign design, etc. It seems like there are hundreds of details that are constantly being adjusted, so every two weeks the bulk of our Thursday morning meeting consists of discussing these areas.
We’ll be back on June 22 with the next report and new video with more progress to show!