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Building Strong: A Look at C.D. Smith Construction's Concrete Expertise

Date: Jan 26, 2024 8:15:14 AM | Author: Molly Haack

It all began more than 87 years ago at the Oshkosh Wastewater Treatment Facility when C.D. Smith Construction embarked on its journey. The company's humble origins were marked by concrete work, with a total construction value of $500,000 and carpenters earning just 29 cents per hour.

CD Smith Construction History Photo of Concrete Work

This marked the foundation for the company's future success. Today, C.D. Smith has grown, and its expertise in self-performance remains robust.

Relying on concrete experts like C.D. Smith equips you to navigate the ever-shifting variables of concrete installation with confidence. Our team's wealth of knowledge and experience empowers us to handle tasks such as placing, consolidating, puddling, striking off, and finishing concrete, even in challenging environmental conditions such as extreme temperatures, wind, rain, and snow. This expertise enables us to transform raw materials into a superior end product for our valued clients.

CD Smith Construction Concrete Workers at Project jobsite with rebar in foreground

While it may appear straightforward, the processes involved are the result of proven methods. Leverage our extensive experience to your advantage. By managing concrete processes 
in-house, our teams exercise control over quality, project timelines, and costs, ultimately delivering an optimal product to our clients.

At C.D. Smith, our diverse set of self-performing capabilities ensures that we can offer 
a comprehensive range of solutions that cater to various project requirements.

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(December 17, 2023) Kaukauna, Wis. - A December 17th episode of Building Wisconsin TV highlights the vital role of skilled tradespeople in maintaining and improving our wastewater treatment infrastructure. Their work protects our environment and public health, making it a truly essential service.

C.D. SMITH'S ROLE: C.D. Smith has extensive experience in wastewater treatment plant construction and concrete design. This episode of Building Wisconsin TV offers a behind-the-scenes look at our role:

» General contractor for the final filtration project at the Heart of the Valley Wastewater Treatment Plant in Kaukauna, Wisconsin.

» Worked with subcontractor August Winter & Sons on the plumbing and piping aspects of the project.

» Their expertise and experience ensure the project is completed on time, on budget, and correctly.

WASTEWATER TREATMENT PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS: The plant uses a biological treatment to break down organic material in the wastewater. Primary treatment removes solids and contaminants, and disinfection ensures clean water before its release.

» Upgrade to the filtration system for treated wastewater.

» Install six new disc filters to further clean the effluent before it's discharged to the river.

» Massive pipes and complex infrastructure involved.

» Benefits the environment by improving the cleanliness of the Fox River.

IMPORTANCE OF SKILLED LABOR: Skilled and experienced workers ensure the safety and success of important wastewater facilities projects.

» Highly trained plumbers, pipefitters, concrete experts and experienced tradespeople are critical for maintaining and upgrading these facilities.

» On the Heart of the Valley Wastewater treatment project, C.D. Smith's expertise and August Winter's skilled workforce ensure it's completed efficiently and effectively, minimizing disruption and maximizing long-term functionality.

» Proper wastewater treatment protects public health and the environment.

By understanding the complex processes involved in wastewater treatment and the expertise required to maintain these crucial facilities, we can appreciate the valuable contributions of companies like C.D. Smith and skilled laborers like those represented by Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 400. Their work protects our environment and public health, making it a truly essential service.

About C.D. Smith

C.D. Smith Construction is an industry leader in safely providing the highest quality commercial construction services. Utilizing an integrated approach and self-performing trade services combined with technical expertise, our team serves as a solutions provider throughout all phases of a project, from planning through construction. With veteran leadership and a dedication to our employees and clients, we proudly place our name on projects of all sizes across the United States.

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