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400 truckloads of concrete to be poured Saturday


NORTH PALM BEACH — The Water Club condominium is readying for its second massive cement pour, which will dump 400 truckloads of the sandy mixture Saturday in North Palm Beach.

Trucks will begin mobilizing at 2 a.m. and begin placing the concrete at 3 a.m.

It’s expected to take an estimated 14 hours to finish the pour.

This is the second go around for the Water Club’s developers, who poured an estimated 4,400-cubic-yards of concrete in November to form the foundation of the first of Water Club’s two 22-story towers.

The pour was one of the longest continuous pours in Palm Beach County history, but has competition.

In August 2002, the 16-story Esplande Grande condominium was planted at the corner of Datura Street and Narcissus Avenue in downtown West Palm Beach. That job also included 4,000 cubic yards of concrete and took about 12 hours.

Nationally, the largest continuous concrete pour was completed in February for the Los Angeles InterContinental hotel downtown. The 73-story, 900-room building required 21,200 cubic yards — 82 million pounds — of concrete for its foundation.

Saturday’s pour will close one lane of U.S. 1. Because of the magnitude of the project, the Kolter Group will be using five Cemex plants and 80 concrete trucks.

Bob Vail, president of Kolter’s Urban Division, said in October that pouring the entire foundation in one pour makes it stronger.

“There isn’t a lot of room for error,” Vail said. “We have to do it in one pour or it wouldn’t have the same structural integrity.”

Sales in the Water Club, 1280 U.S. 1, are approaching $90 million, with units ranging in price from $700,000 to more than $2 million, according to the Kolter Group.

Situated along seven waterfront acres, the twin 22-story towers of Water Club feature two-, three- or four-bedroom plans.

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