Temporary Power Pole Placement

The placement of temporary power poles on the jobsite should be analyzed and planned so as not to be in the way of future concrete walkways and driveways, trenching for underground utilities, and large landscaping trees.

The builder should attempt to avoid the common occurrence toward the completion of the project of having to move one or more temporary power poles…not only costing money…but disrupting electrical power to a portion of the project while it is moved to another location.

For high-density condominium and apartment projects…and for large multi-unit tract housing…the initial placement of temporary power poles so as not to interfere with any future construction activities…can be difficult because of the scarcity of open, unused space within the completed project.  These projects often have most of the available space filled-up with walkways, driveways, courtyard patios, common area parking, recreation and swimming pool areas, and landscaping.

For tight projects with limited space such as these…it is sometimes best to have the civil engineering surveyors stake the locations for temporary power poles as a separate distinct activity…or along with and in addition to some other early staking activities that brings the surveyors out to the jobsite.

The builder must spend some time at the start of the construction determining the desired locations for temporary power poles…so their exact locations can be plotted and laid-out in the field.

For detached tract housing the exercise of choosing locations for power poles is made easier by the leftover open space on each lot…but the builder still needs to ensure that the temporary power poles are out of the way of concrete driveways and walkways…as well as the underground utilities.

Author: Barton Jahn

I worked in building construction as a field superintendent and project manager. I have four books published by McGraw-Hill on housing construction (1995-98) under Bart Jahn, and have eight Christian books self-published through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). I have a bachelor of science degree in construction management from California State University Long Beach. I grew up in Southern California, was an avid surfer, and am fortunate enough to have always lived within one mile of the ocean. I discovered writing at the age of 30, and it is now one of my favorite activities. I am currently working on more books on building construction.

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