they are just finishing the Big pour of the Concrete at the Casino.
January 20, 2006
A major continuous concrete pour for Casino Windsor’s expansion site has been cancelled for January 21 and 22 and rescheduled to happen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24 and running approximately 32-34 hours through to the early evening on Wednesday, January 25. The original plans were cancelled due to poor weather conditions; this new date is also weather dependant.
This continuous pour is the largest planned for the expansion site and will form the foundation for the footings of the new 22-story hotel tower, to be erected parallel to McDougall Street.
Planning a continuous pour is a strategic endeavour:
· CBM (Canada Building Materials Co) will provide 25 trucks with 50 drivers.
· A total of 500 truck loads each carrying 8 meters of concrete will deliver a total of 4,000 cubic meters
· One cement truck will be unloaded every five minutes
· Two Windsor locations will be used to supply the concrete: Santarossa J & Sons located at 5115 Rhodes Drive and CBM’s facility at 3510 Russell St.
· From the Santarossa yard, the drivers will take Jefferson to EC Row west to Howard Ave north, west on Eugenie, north on McDougall to jobsite. They will return south on Howard to EC Row eastbound to Central Ave. then to Rhodes Dr.
· From the CBM yard, the drivers will travel east on Wyandotte Street and north on McDougall to the expansion site. They will return west on University.
· Six trucks will enter the construction zone at a time, with two vehicles each dumping into three separate concrete pumps, which will strategically fill the hole to an overall depth of 2 meters.
· Should the trucks that are ready to unload begin to queue, there will only be six at any one time waiting on McDougall Street.
· The pour will not cause additional street closures; both Pitt and Chatham Streets will remain open. McDougall Street from Pitt to Riverside Drive will also remain open. McDougall Street from Pitt to Chatham has been closed since January 3, 2006.
There will be four additional continuous pours planned through the end of February, each roughly half the size as the first, lasting approximately 12 hours with 250 truck loads.
The $400 million casino expansion and renovation project remains on schedule to be completed at the end of 2007. Key features of the expansion include a 400-room hotel tower, 5,000-seat auditorium/theatre and 100,000 square feet of convention space.
Casino Windsor’s current facility is undergoing extensive renovations with the addition of six bus bays at the Chatham Street entrance; the closure of Showtime Lounge which will be transformed into a high-end sports lounge to open this summer; and the recent opening of the first completed phase of the project, the 650-seat Market Buffet on the lower level.