The Climb Continues
Saturday, October 29, 2011 8:00 PM
Since the last update we have continued work on the footings for Leviathan and as of today have 17 piers left to drill. The footing cap work will wrap up in the next few weeks. So far we have poured 2045 cubic meters of concrete and have used 206,000 kgs of reinforcing steel to create a solid foundation for the ride.
The station foundations are complete and the shop fabrication of the station structural steel has begun. Next week we will pour the slab for the lower level of the station. Detailing work on the storage track and transfer track has also begun - there is a lot to finish before the trains arrive.
We have installed several more columns in our climb towards the crown of the lift hill and have just a few left to go. Some of the remaining sections will require four cranes to install! To date we have received 81 truckloads of track sections, columns, stairs, catwalks, and handrails for the project. These shipments total 1,262,225kg of steel which is 8 times the total amount of steel in the WindSeeker tower.
Electrical work is also moving along well. The underground conduits at the station are finished, and we have begun placing the long conduit runs out to the trim brakes. We are completing the conduit runs on the lift hill as the track sections are installed.
We have posted some new photos detailing our progress to date in the construction gallery.
Director, Maintenance & Construction