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From the archives: Top 4 record-breaking construction projects of 2014

From the archives: Top 4 record-breaking construction projects of 2014

At PlanGrid, we love it when when problems are solved, obstacles are overcome, barriers are knocked down, limits are pushed, and of course, when ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION RECORDS are broken! Just like PlanGrid sent shockwaves through the construction industry when we developed the FASTEST mobile blueprint viewer on the planet, we think these noteworthy record-breakers of the last year are worth a double-take:

1. Crews Install San Francisco’s Deepest Foundation Piles for Office/Residential Tower

The 55-story 181 Fremont tower, sited on land reclaimed from the San Francisco Bay after the 1906 earthquake, will be founded on 42 piers that plunge an average of 255 ft — with the deepest being 264 ft — into bedrock.

2. Crews Break Record for Largest Continuous Concrete Pour — “More concrete than you’ve ever walked on!”

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A total of 21,200 cubic yards of cement (16,208.6 m³) was used during the pour as part of the foundation for the new Wilshire Grand Center. The incredible engineering feat took 18 hours, beginning at 4pm on a Saturday, with 208 individual trucks delivering concrete from eight production centers. Nineteen separate pumps feeding 13 hoses were used to fill the site with 82 million pounds of concrete.

3. Crews Complete the Fastest, Tallest, and Steepest Wooden Roller Coaster in the World

The company behind the planning and building of Goliath in Six Flags Great America, in Gurnee, Illinois, used an innovative track system on the wooden coaster to make it less rickety. The project took 9 months to complete.

4. School Children and Members of the Public Build the World’s Tallest Lego Tower:

A tower standing 114 feet tall in Budapest holds the record for tallest Lego tower in the world. It was completed after four days of work, on May 25, 2014. It consists of more than 450,000 Lego pieces and is topped with a Rubik’s cube.

We are proud that two of the projects above used PlanGrid. Can you guess which ones? Let us know what you think of our choices!

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