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  1. #1426

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    What does this mean? The vertic as l building will begin soon

  2. #1427

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    They’re already done drilling caissons for the block structure. They’ll be done with the tower caissons sometime in January.

  3. #1428

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    They we're pouring concrete into the night yesterday. I don't think they've gone past 5 previously.

  4. #1429

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    Quote Originally Posted by EGrant View Post
    They we're pouring concrete into the night yesterday. I don't think they've gone past 5 previously.
    I am no concrete expert, but I think it has to be a continuous pour; so, once they started, they had to continue until that caisson was finished. Again, no expert. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LongGone06 View Post
    I am no concrete expert, but I think it has to be a continuous pour; so, once they started, they had to continue until that caisson was finished. Again, no expert. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
    Makes sense; a commenter on the YouTube video from yesterday said they poured 18 mixer loads of concrete.

  6. #1431

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    At least 18. They were still pouring when the video cut off.

  7. #1432

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    Good news, the base portion of the tower crane has been lowered into position!

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    Here are some pictures!

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    I remember when it was just all farmland - kind of miss the girder farm.

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    Free Press article about the crane base; no new information: https://www.freep.com/story/money/bu...it/4300937002/

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    Quote Originally Posted by EGrant View Post
    Free Press article about the crane base; no new information: https://www.freep.com/story/money/bu...it/4300937002/

    Keep in mind that their FAA permit starts December first, so the chances of going vertical prior to then are pretty much zero.

    I would expect to see a line of trucks Monday morning with crane parts ready to go up

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    Quote Originally Posted by angry_fred View Post
    I would expect to see a line of trucks Monday morning with crane parts ready to go up
    As well as a line of cement trucks to fill the base. It will be exciting to see it rise.

  13. #1438

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    I wouldn't be so sure of it going up on Monday. The base of that crane needs to be filled with its rebar cage and once the concrete is poured I believe there needs to be plenty of time for the concrete the cure before the tower can go up.

    Here's an interesting youtube video on all the steps necessary to erect a tower crane https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC9m3sGRlnE

  14. #1439

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    In the most recent video, it looks like the foundation for the second crane is starting to get dug and prepared towards the north side of the pit.

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    Great that we can see the placement of the base for a high rise crane. There is another base sitting in the NE corner of the pit. Now, they are getting to the point where steel girders have had to be ordered as I'm sure that would not be a stock item as every building would require something unique. By any chance has anyone seen an announcement just what the tower will look like, how tall, who is the possible hotel operator and does the new design deviate from what we were shown before.

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    Are there any caissons that have to go in underneath the ramp? I feel like that's a big obstacle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas D'Asti View Post
    Are there any caissons that have to go in underneath the ramp? I feel like that's a big obstacle.
    Those were some of the first caissons they drilled and poured last year. The ramp used to be in the tower section of the pit. I assume once all the caissons are drilled and the cranes are up, they'll start to remove the ramp.

  18. #1443

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    How long did it take for the RenCen to start building vertical from the time the ground was broken?

  19. #1444

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    Interesting question, but apples and oranges comparison because RenCen wasn’t built over the foundation of a previous high rise (Hudson’s building)

  20. #1445

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    Looks like they've tarped over the tower crane base, which is presumably to keep concrete warm while it cures, but I never saw any trucks in there to pour it.

    Any ideas why they might have done that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by angry_fred View Post
    Looks like they've tarped over the tower crane base, which is presumably to keep concrete warm while it cures, but I never saw any trucks in there to pour it.

    Any ideas why they might have done that?
    I would imagine soon. Before it was covered we noticed more rebar in it. Perhaps it's covered to allow workers to place the rest of the rebar without freezing their asses off.

    The site is visible from the building I work in and we've been checking quite a bit through the day because we REALLY want to see the concrete pour for the crane!

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