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Category: Fun Facts

Grand Coulee Dam

Pentagon

Fun Fact: The United States Pentagon – building started on September 11, 1941, 60 years to the day was the 9/11/2011 attack. Built primarily of reinforced concrete, 410,000 cubic yards of concrete using 680,000 tons of sand & gravel – 41,492 concrete pilings and interior ramps were created instead of the use of elevators.

Golden Gate Bridge

Fun Fact: The Golden Gate Bridge was built 1933-1937, it has 390,000 cubic yards of concrete used in piers, fenders, anchorages, pylons, cable housing, approaches and paving.

Concrete Park

Fun Fact: The Wisconsin Concrete Park is an outdoor museum with 237 embellished concrete and mixed media sculptures. Built between 1948 & 1964 by Fred Smith, a retired lumberjack, self-taught artist & musician. Installed throughout Smith’s north woods property in Phillips, WI. The site is a historical panorama of life-size & larger sculptures depicting people,…
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Space Needle

Home to the world’s largest continuous concrete pour is the Space Needle. It was designed for the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle. This colossal structure is as remarkable as it is iconic. It was built to withstand earthquakes and is still in operation today.

Harvard Stadium

The nation’s oldest permanent concrete structure for college sports is Harvard Stadium. Built in 1903 this horseshoe shaped stadium could seat 57,166 people. It is historically significant that this stadium represents the first vertical concrete structure to employ reinforced structural concrete.

Hoover Dam

Fun Fact: The Hoover Dam is made up of 3.25 million cubic yards of concrete, with another 1.11 million used for the power plant and other structures.  Enough concrete to build a 3,000 mile road across the U.S.  The dam required almost 5 million barrels of cement.

Dubai

Fun Fact: Burj Khalifa, Dubai Made principally from reinforced concrete, this building is not only the world’s tallest concrete building but also the highest man-made structure. It stands 828 meters high with 163 floors.  Has the highest observation deck, swimming pool, restaurant, and fountain.

Concrete Dome

Fun Fact: In 1963, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign built the first sports arena with a concrete dome that is 400’ in diameter, 125’  high and weighs 10 million pounds. The Assembly Hall arena, which resembles a flying saucer and seats over 16,000 people in a perfect concrete circle, is known as Assembly Hall. …
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Modern Concrete

Modern cement was invented in 1824 by Joseph Aspdin of England.  He named it after Portland, England.  Today Portland cement is the most common ingredient in concrete.