Do you hear what I hear? Tell us about a sound. What do you hear in your house or at work?
Concrete trucks backing up to get into position for a concrete placement. Backhoes and front-end loaders moving dirt. Whistling as a means of grabbing someone’s attention in order to communicate. This is the sound I hear currently from my office on the 8th floor. Construction of a new condominium building raising from the ground next to the office building in which I work.
This sound is not uncommon to me. For many years, I have worked on different job sites where facilities were being built, modified or even torn down. I am used to the sounds of construction equipment moving earth or lifting needed materials to bring alive the structure drawn out on a blue line drawing. Small tools such as a hammer being used to nail together the form work, or saws cutting the lumber that will become the form work can be heard in between the larger sounds.
The sound of construction is all around for Houston and the outlying area is growing in leaps and bounds. New structures are raising all around and roads are being expanded. From home, if windows are open and the direction of the wind is right, sometimes it carries the sound of the construction equipment being operated to create new lanes for I-69/US-59 or the hammering on the new homes being built both of which are five minutes away.
Yes, construction and the sound it makes is right next door whether at home of at work. It will be here for some time but one day there will be silence. That is when one will know construction has ended and with it the accompanying sounds.
Until the next construction project begins…