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Thread: 50 East 57th Street @ 432 Park Avenue (former Drake Hotel site)

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    The Fire Drills in this tower are going to be interesting.

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    Hi, Derek. Do you know if the new renderings of the Nordstrom Tower, which were released in July, depict the final design or has the final design not yet been revealed?

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    Very vibrant first picture. Is it just me or does the yellow/green arrow in the bottom left look strangely post production?

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    If you zoom in on it, it looks less so.

    Quote Originally Posted by IrishInNYC View Post
    Is it just me or does the yellow/green arrow in the bottom left look strangely post production?

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    Saturday (8/23) about 6 PM. A queue of about 8 concrete trucks was along the south side of the site, and what appears to be a large bucket of concrete being lifted by the crane. If so, is the concrete not being pumped here? Or, it is, but also lifted via buckets to augment what pumping can do. This process repeated several times over the 30 minutes I was there. It would be an "oh shit" moment if it dropped from 1300 ft onto the busy street.

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    I hear that it gets incredibly difficult to pump concrete up to high altitudes. SOM encountered this issue as they were building Burj Khalifa. This may or may not explain it, though.

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    At that height, they probably have a vibrator in the bucket otherwise the load would be solid by the time it reached final altitude!

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    Inquiring minds want to know. I was there about 11 AM today and spoke with someone who appeared to be in "the know". There are two pumps on site, one of which is in continuous use and the other is a backup. This is augmented by the use of the bucket, which I'm told has a 3.5 cubic yard capacity.Click image for larger version. 

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    EDIT: went in and snapped shots of the pumping area, but it's not allowing me to upload them, even after I shrunk them way down...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bill schintler View Post
    EDIT: went in and snapped shots of the pumping area, but it's not allowing me to upload them, even after I shrunk them way down...
    This forum has the absolute worst image attachment features of any message board site I've ever used. Instead, upload your picture to an image sharing site (I use tinypic.com), and then simply include the [img]...[/img] tag in your posts

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    First, I second the above.

    Pumping to the heights at 432 are not a problem with the pumps and high pressure pipe systems available. And a redundant stand by pump is standard practice. Given the heat they may have decided to speed up the process by using the bucket. They also use ice in the mixes to keep the temp down in transit.

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    The ultimate Ice Bucket Challenge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherpa View Post
    The Fire Drills in this tower are going to be interesting.

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