Reinforced Concrete Walls Go Up at Houston 2

Jul 1, 2014 | Data Centers

Our Houston 2 concrete tilt walls are moving into place – 16 of the 119 site cast reinforced concrete wall panels are up and will act as the “skin” holding the facility together. The use of concrete wall panels is one important feature that differentiates a purpose-built data center, such as Houston 2, from one that has been retrofitted to an existing building or warehouse. The concrete wall panels do not have windows and minimal doors to maximize the structural integrity of the 185 mph wind rated facility.

Time-lapse video

All clear to lift. Each site cast concrete wall will weigh between 66,000 and 68,000 lbs each.

Slow and steady is the order of the day. Each wall must be carefully controlled for the safety of the crew and the integrity of the structure.

Heavy lifting – the 30 ton hydraulic crawler crane has a 100 ft boom and can lift up to 210 tons.

Welding it in place. A welder attached contact points to the steel frame work of the building.

The front exterior of Houston 2 is beginning to take shape.

The dog days of summer are upon us and our construction teams are moving right along. Stay tuned as we continue to provide updates on the Houston 2 project. Foundational concrete slab and roofing milestones are next on the list!