We enjoyed a remarkable tour of the deep foundation preparation firm, Coastal Caisson, this morning. Recently relocated right in our neck of the Florida woods, in Odessa, in Pasco county, Coastal Caisson provides foundation solutions all across the southeast.
We learned about everything from the different types of engineering fields employed by the company – civil, mechanical, geological, industrial, and materials, to name a few — to how the company makes parts for, repairs and maintains all its own equipment — and it’s enormous equipment! — to the various forms of foundational solutions they use to meet different construction needs.
We especially enjoyed meeting East Lake High School intern, Mark Wahnish, son of Paul Wahnish, of the Career Technical Education Foundation, and an occasional, and always noble, FTC opponent with his East Lake team, Team Krunch. Mark has been helping with Coastal Caisson’s geothermal energy project.
Among Coastal Caisson’s developments is the technology to build underground
structures in Florida — a real challenge if you know anything about Florida and our close to the surface water table. We descended into a prototype model complete with a spiral staircase and rich with possible uses as anything from a basement, to a hurricane shelter to a water storage unit.
Thanks, Coastal Caisson, for a deeply educational and inspiring visit. We’ll never look at big foundation services equipment the same way again!