It’s a structure built to precise construction standards, in some cases to a tolerance of 1/16 in.—no small feat in a structure with 80 miles of piping, 170,000 cu yd of concrete and 35,000 tons of reinforcing steel. It’s also a building that could provide a use for spent nuclear-powerplant waste, help lower energy bills and even end nuclear proliferation. Photo: Courtesy of SHAW AREVA MOX SERVICES MOX complex includes 170,000 cu yd of concrete and 35,000 tons of reinforcing steel. Photo: Courtesy of SHAW AREVA MOX SERVICES Building walls are 10-ft-thick concrete, each with four rows of reinforcing steel.
The former Soviet nation of Kazakhstan is ramping up completion of EXPO 2017—a futuristic megaproject estimated to cost between $3 and $5 billion that will showcase global energy efficiency and boost the host’s global profile
Cover photo by Neelam Mathews in Astana, Kazakhstan