Monday, January 17, 2011
Cedar Point pours WindSeeker foundation
80 truckloads of concrete totaling more than 1,600 tons!
SANDUSKY, Ohio – Despite the cold temperatures and windy conditions, the concrete underground foundation for Cedar Point’s new ride, the 301-foot-tall WindSeeker swing ride, was poured late last week on the Cedar Point Beach.
To see my earlier post in this thrill ride, click here.
Beginning early Friday morning, more than 1,600 tons of concrete were poured to build the 30-story ride’s foundation. The dimensions of the foundation are 60 feet by 60 feet by 6 feet deep and required more than 800 cubic yards of concrete. Prior to the pour, more than 36 tons of steel rebar and 176 steel anchor bolts were placed in position.
A second smaller pour, totaling only 14.2 cubic yards of concrete, is scheduled for later this week to finish the foundation’s top pier.
When completed, the total weight of the foundation will be more than 3.3 million pounds or 1,650-plus tons of concrete and steel.
The Adena Corporation, Mansfield, Ohio, built the foundation while Huron Cement, Huron, Ohio, delivered the concrete. The pour started at approximately 7:30 a.m. last Friday and was completed shortly after 4 p.m. A fleet of 14 trucks made 80 continuous trips to the park to transport the concrete to the park.
At a cost of $5 million to build, WindSeeker will stand more than 30 stories above the Cedar Point Beach. Seated in two-passenger swings with their feet dangling in the air, riders will be treated to breathtaking views of Cedar Point, Lake Erie and the Cedar Point Beach.
Cedar Point will open for the summer on Saturday, May 14.