WELBRO Construction
Aug. 11 placement preceded by 15 planning sessions.

A monolithic pour by WELBRO Building Corp. placed 8,900 yards of 7,000 psi concrete in 10–12 hours Aug. 11 for a mat foundation on which the new Hilton Orlando Hotel at the Orange County Convention Center will be built.

The Maintland, Fla.–based company conducted 15 planning meetings in the four months leading to the pour that began at 2 a.m. and ended at 12:30 p.m.

WELBRO Construction
Contractor began placement at 2 a.m.

"It was a well–choreographed, highly organized event," said Linda Bell, WELBRO's operations manager for the project. "The pour went so well, it was as close to perfection as one could hope to achieve."

Integral to the pour's success was the coordination on the ready–mix delivery between CEMX and Rinker, which batched the concrete at nine plants with three on standby and used 200 trucks. CEMX, the Mexican cement giant, recently bought out the Sydney–based Rinker Group.

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"Instead of it being a problem, it was a plus," said Bell of the combined effort.

The $205–million project is scheduled for completion in August 2009.