“We Chose the Right Company to Help Us.”
Even though fiberglass shelters are characteristically light, this shelter weighed 22,000 pounds once all of the equipment had been installed. It had to be shipped to San Diego to meet the ship on a tight schedule on a lowboy flatbed truck that weighed 38,000 pounds by itself. The resulting total weight then classified it as an oversized load, something that required a special permit since oversized loads are not typically allowed to travel during the holiday time frame.
Once the shelter arrived in Hawaii, it had to travel to the site location on the hill, which was not an improved road. There has been considerable rainfall, which made travel a challenge. Just getting the shelter there felt like a major success.
Once on site, the shelter then needed to be offloaded to a cement pad via two cranes. In order to ensure that the cranes would not sink into the ground, the company had to have six truckloads of gravel brought in.
For Shelter Works, figuring out the right specifications was the easy part. Oftentimes, other factors surrounding the delivery and installation of an application prove much more challenging and require persistence and engineering acumen.
Hershberg summed it up by saying, “This was a very difficult job, with ever-changing specifications, a tough schedule and challenging location. We chose the right company to partner with us and help navigate every obstacle; we will definitely be using them again.”