Water park developers among those feeling concrete supply crunch

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by SEBASTIAN ROBERTSON

WFAA

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 21 at 8:11 PM

WHITE SETTLEMENT -- Michael Prince and his crew are working against the clock to turn a 20-acre plot of land into Hawaiian Falls, a water/adventure park, the first of its kind for North Texas.

But before they can open, they will need to pour a few hundred thousand yards of concrete, something that is proving difficult.

"We're actually scheduled, we're reserved on every Tuesday and Friday from now until in May to make sure we are going to get the concrete we need to finish the park," said Prince, the vice president of construction on the project.

"Due to the overload of construction in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the sand companies have just not been able to keep up production to the concrete companies," Prince said.

Friday, they were expecting 50 trucks carrying about 500 yards. They got 300 yards.

Prince said it's not a problem yet, but is calling a Memorial Day opening a "challenge."

Associate Dean at TCU's School of Business George Low described the concrete shortage a perfect storm. Winter is ending and construction season is starting up. Combine that with infrastructure projects across the state, and a construction staple is now being rationed out by suppliers.

"My gut tells me that companies that are supplying concrete can ramp up production in the short term to meet the demand like this, but it could be challenging if all kinds of other projects are putting pressure on them," Low said.

For Prince, the big test will come in May. More than 100,000 yards are on order to fill a massive wave pool, something he said has to happen.

E-mail srobertson@wfaa.com

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