Coordinator keeps Extreme Makeover on time despite weather

Coordinator keeps Extreme Makeover build on time despite Mother Nature

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"We've got benchmarks we've got to hit, and I think we nailed it for this overnight shift," Ben Pinnell said. "We've got benchmarks we've got to hit, and I think we nailed it for this overnight shift," Ben Pinnell said.
The crew took care of moisture-sensitive items first so the concrete and the soil wouldn't get ruined. The crew took care of moisture-sensitive items first so the concrete and the soil wouldn't get ruined.

By BO WILLIAMS
Good Morning Tennessee Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The skilled workers at the Extreme Makeover build site in Knoxville pushed through the overnight hours using heavy machinery under tight deadlines.

Certain areas around the home of Daniel and Mandy Watson on Robinson Road had to be cleared of brush and trees.

Workers also had to create a pathway for the heavy machinery to use so it wouldn't get stuck in the mud and lay a lot of concrete.

It came down to overnight project manager Ben Pinnell to make sure it all got done on time.

When asked if this is the most pressure he's felt on a job, Pinnell said, "I suppose, but it's a little better because everyone is out here with smiles. I can't blow a gasket here."

"Organization is key," he added. "We've got probably a six-page schedule that's an hour-by-hour thing. We've got benchmarks we've got to hit, and I think we nailed it for this overnight shift."

Pinnell, who works for Hickory Construction, out of Alcoa, knows no matter what Mother Nature throws his way, he and his crews have to keep moving forward to keep the project on schedule.

"It's a lot to handle and when we get these little spurts of rain, things get stuck and then you stand up a bulldozer trying to pull somebody out. It makes scheduling even harder," Pinnell said.

His crew's main focus overnight was to get moisture-sensitive items done first so the concrete and the soil wouldn't get ruined. This guarantees the house will have a solid foundation.

A new home typically takes months to complete, but crews volunteering for Extreme Makeover have to finish the job in just over 100 hours.

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