Cemex starts work on tallest tower in Colombia

By Mike Hayes09 August 2016

Laying the foundation slab for the first Altrio tower in Bogota, Colombia

Laying the foundation slab for the first Altrio tower in Bogota, Colombia

Cemex LatAm Holdings (CLH) has begun work on a tower project that is bringing new construction methods to Colombia.

Atrio, in the capital, Bogota, is a multi-purpose development comprising two towers: one will stand at 201 m, with 42 storeys; the other will reach 268 m and have 58 storeys.

When the US$ 415 million project is completed, the largest of the two towers will be the tallest building in Colombia.

The volume of concrete and equipment and the size of the team in place to install the first tower’s foundation plate is on a scale not seen before in the country.

To deliver the required amount of material for the plate – made from a single 24,000 m2 slab with a height of 3m – an immense 7,380 m3 of concrete had to be delivered to the site before being pumped uninterruptedly for 38 hours.

To ensure the continuous flow of concrete, some 1,000 ready-mix concrete truck trips were made, with six ready-mix concrete plants in continuous use.

A team of more than 300 people worked around the clock, to complete the construction of the huge slab, which now sits 22 metres below street level.

Carlos Jacks, CEO of CLH, said, “We are proud to participate in a project that will reshape Bogota’s landscape and that delivers new construction methods to Colombia. This type of project demonstrates the company’s human, logistical, and technical capabilities.”

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