Here’s how to keep your parking lot and sidewalks in great shape this winter

Snow Parking LotBefore you know it, the temperatures will drop and our roads and parking lots will be covered in ice and snow. To help you prepare for the winter ahead, we thought it would be a good idea to cover the best parking lot prep practices. Here are some easy, yet efficient things that you can do at your own place of work.


Identify important areas. Before the snow and ice hit, it’s a great idea to identify important landmarks in and around your parking areas. Create signage for fire hydrants, mail boxes, handicapped parking spots and fire lanes. If an emergency happens in the dead of winter, you’ll be ready to go.


Train employees on snow and ice removal. Depending on the size of your company, you might do some of your own ice and snow removal. If you’re using ice and chemicals, or even just plain old snow shovels, it’s a great idea to remind your employees the proper safety practices. Are they trying to lift too much wet, heavy snow? Maybe they’re not equipped with proper snow boots. It’s never too early to cover these important safety issues.


Don’t obscure drains or manholes. When snow and ice start melting, there’s plenty of opportunity for water to collect. To avoid the potential for flooding near or in your office space, make sure you always shovel snow and ice away from these areas, and prevent them becoming clogged.


By following these three simple suggestions, you’ll be prepared to handle whatever winter throws your parking lot’s way. Good luck and stay safe.

LDS Temple: Fort Collins, Colorado

LDS Temple Fort CollinsOur work at McNeil Engineering takes us all over the western United States. Here’s a look at a project our Structural Engineering department recently completed in Fort Collins, Colorado.


For the new LDS Temple in Fort Collins, McNeil Engineering was the Specialty Structural Engineer of Record for the precast concrete façade on the building’s exterior. These concrete panels created the exterior building enclosures and were individually engineered by our very own Matthew Roblez, S.E. SECB out of Sandy, Utah.


This project required help from an entire team of folks, not only in the U.S. but also outside of the country. The concrete panels were fabricated in Mexico City, Mexico by the Pretecsa Corporation. Once the panels were finished, they were carefully transported to the job site in Colorado.


The communications process in and of itself was quite a feat. The general contractor on the project was based in Salt Lake City and the erectors were based at the job site in Fort Collins. Thanks to modern, web-based technology, we were able to keep in touch with everyone from Mexico to the Rocky Mountains in order to get the job done.