The Downtown Tucson Clifton Hotel

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An Occasional Record of Our Expansion

Let’s Play “Name That Concrete Thingie”

There’s a reason why you should never Google the term “Concrete Vibrator.” The reason, of course, is that your search results will include mostly lower-cost immersion vibrators that are used under the surface of the concrete, not the flat “vibrating power screed” that the crews are currently using to level our floors. Golly, we sure are pleased to have come out of that Internet journey unscathed.

Anyway, the crux of this post is that early this morning, a parade of cement trucks rolled into our site and poured out oodles of pre-tinted dark brown concrete for the floors in buildings A and B. Excited about seeing this milestone come to fruition, we put on our OSHA gear, ran outside, and quickly demonstrated to the crew that we are not credible-looking construction personnel at all. (One of the crew, after all, was wearing an actual cowboy-hat-shaped hardhat.)

Cowboy hardhats actually make a lot of sense when you think about it.

While the concrete was being poured, a team of five or six guys guided the chute around the rooms for even coverage. The next thing we noticed was spectacular: a lone plumber solemnly hovering over the scene (picture the wolfpack leader in the Jungle Book, but with a safety vest), and it turns out he’s watching to make sure they don’t spill anything into the pipes. Isn’t that great? Man, it’s this kind of cross-domain quality control that helps us sleep better at night.

A vibrating power screed, which we were calling a “Shakey Trowel” for awhile.

Finally, once the pouring was finished, the crew splashed around for a bit and brought out the extendable bull float, the vibrating power screed, and a host of other leveling/scraping tools that we didn’t recognize and had to look up. But at the end of the day (literally), our floors are even, they’re real, and they’re out there drying in the afternoon sun. Neato. -DTC