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Watch Palm Beach County condos in the making, huge concrete pour

POSTED ON: NOVEMBER 03, 2014

The Water Club condominiums had the foundation of one of its two towers poured Saturday, a massive undertaking that began at 3 a.m.

The job, which was one of the largest continuous concrete pours in Palm Beach County history, included 400 truckloads of concrete from four plants and up to 75 rotating dump trucks.

Saturday’s pour formed the foundation for one of two 22-story towers in Kolter Homes’ luxury Water Club development at 1280 U.S. 1.

While the Water Club’s pour was impressive, it has competition in Palm Beach County for size.

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.

The 18-hour L.A. pour became a citywide event — its beginning heralded by a marching band — and it was entered into the Guinness Book of Records as the largest continuous concrete pour in the world.

Before that, the 1999 construction of the Venetian in Las Vegas was believed to be the largest continuous pour with about 21,000 cubic yards of concrete.

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