Schwing high

By Steve Skinner18 November 2008

Florida’s tallest apartment complex relies on Schwing
A Schwing SP8800 stationary concrete pump and 39 m self-climbing placing boom is being used in the construction of Florida’s highest apartment complex, a 67 storey multi-use high rise comprising apartments, hotel, shops and restaurants.
Concrete placement is being carried out through a co-operation between Formworks and Cherokee pumping. For the concreting of the 1400 m2 intermediate floors, the placing boom has been positioned centrally in order to be able to cover the entire area with its horizontal reach of 35 m and 5500 swivel.
The Schwing boom has a separate energy supply and hydraulic tank and the self-climbing ability is based on a hydraulic cylinder, which lifts the boom column and the placing boom through prefabricated openings in the intermediate floors. The boom is held by bolts and wedges in ceiling frames on two floors, while the hydraulic cylinder is attached to the lowest ceiling frame and lifts the entire boom in a matter of minutes.
The SP8800 concrete pump is not only pumping concrete for the Marquis building, but also for the associated 14-storey car park. “An additional pipeline has been connected to the branch valve near the riser for the apartment complex to supply a second 39 m boom in the centre of the car park,” said Hugo Hernandez, project manager from Form Works. “The concrete for this project is a granite mixture, which is normally not so easy to pump, but the combined Schwing system means we’re well within schedule,” enthused Mr Hernandez.
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