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January 12, 2004 // UPDATED 2:23 pm - April 24, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Just as subzero temperatures descended on Downtown, construction crews have completed pouring grade-level concrete foundations, walls and slabs for the New Central Library.

Crews have also erected two sections of elevated concrete slab on the north side of the building. Graham Penn-Co, one of the project contractors, uses a concrete-placing boom that stretches 110 feet. The system has the capacity to pump concrete up six floors from a truck parked a block away from the site.

Crews with Knutson Construction Services, Inc. began pouring concrete for the basement walls in August. The library has a 1,276-foot perimeter basement wall.

The New Central Library is expected to be complete in 2006.

Source: Anne Ulseth, New Central Library Project