Job Stories

Seven Miles of Noise Barriers: Small pump places big yardage

August 2002

Residents and business owners in Miami located close to I-95 should soon see a drop in noise levels as contractors are working toward a mid-summer completion of all-concrete noise-barrier walls on both sides of the highway. A small concrete line pump is responsible for placing some big yardage on the upper wall sections of the […]


July 2002

When Bobby Powell started Central Florida Concrete Service in 1991, his sole pump was a 1988 Meco P-30 that he transported to jobsites on a 1976 Chevy flatbed trailer. The following year Powell bought a Schwing P-88 small-line pump and gained experience on small jobs, mostly pumping tie beams and filling concrete block for walls […]

Largest Project in Midwest Moves Quickly for Opus Using Ready-Mix Firms that Pump

July 2002

The new Best Buy corporate campus, a whopping 1.5 million square feet of office, parking, and recreational space, is currently under construction in Richfield, Minnesota at the intersection of I-35 and I-494. Architectural and Engineering departments of Opus Northwest Construction Corporation are heading up the operation. Two ready-mix suppliers with pumps are speeding the process. […]


May 2002

A concrete pump with a telescoping boom section – one of the first such models in North America — is enjoying steady employment in Colorado, specializing in tight-quarter jobs with overhead obstructions. Southwest Concrete Pumping, Denver, purchased the new Schwing 31-HT truck-mounted boom pump following the Bauma show in Germany, where the first-of-its-kind model was […]

Small Pump Helps Shore Up Renovated Carnegie Hall

December 2001

In a Carnegie Hall performance they hoped would not bring down the house, foundation renovators at the venerable New York City music hall cautiously excavated tons of rock, and shored and underpinned structural columns, beams and walls for tricky load transfers. Their work in the dismal basement deep below the 8-story building in mid-town Manhattan […]

Longest Boom Boosts Production on Colorado’s Highest Bridge

December 2001

The only concrete pump in North America with a 58-meter placing boom made distant deck pours that helped contractors complete construction of the highest bridge in Colorado. The 1,225-ft-long structure over Aregua Gulch is part of an expansion project at a gold mine site west of Colorado Springs in the Victor-Cripple Creek area. State Highway […]


October 2000

In a project to create natural-looking artificial rock formations for a city zoo, contractors compared application methods before determining that a high volume of shotcrete could most efficiently be placed by a concrete pump. The project for the city-owned John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, MI, calls for 360 lin ft of simulated rock in […]

Placing Boom Rides Formwork to Pour 9,000-Yd Highrise Core

May 2000 Placing Boom Rides Formwork to Pour 9,000-Yd Highrise Core

A specialized self-climbing concrete forming system, designed to work in tandem with a separate placing boom and concrete pump, is speeding construction of the core walls for a mid-sized office tower in downtown Minneapolis. The form’s custom design minimizes intermediate rework and adjustments throughout the pouring sequence for the project’s general contractor M.A. Mortenson, Minneapolis. […]