Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The ?big pour? cements pavilion

Music Pavilion site of largest concrete pour in valley history

By mid-morning Saturday, concrete trucks from throughout southern Idaho descended on the site of the new Sun Valley Music Pavilion for the largest concrete pour in the Wood River Valley?s history. Photo by Willy Cook

The contractor for the Sun Valley Music Pavilion, Intermountain Construction Inc., undertook the largest concrete pour in the Wood River Valley's history Saturday morning.

The great pour began around 6:30 a.m. and went well into the evening hours. Concrete subcontractors Garrett Construction and Merrick Construction have been forming footings, installing reinforcing steel and preparing for the pour for three weeks.

The concrete will provide the footing for the two large steel arch trusses that will support the proscenium arch of the Sun Valley Music Pavilion, an events and symphony venue under construction at Sun Valley Resort. Every concrete plant in the valley worked to provide the 1,500 cubic yards of concrete needed for the project. On Saturday, 35 concrete trucks were mobilized from throughout southern Idaho to deliver more than 150 truckloads of concrete to the site.

To date, the Wood River Valley has not experienced a single pour of this magnitude. The project led to 10- to 20-minute travel delays along Dollar Road.

The sheer magnitude of the pour required Intermountain Construction and Ruscitto/Latham/Blanton Architecture to work in perfect concert with a multitude of departments, including, fire, police and traffic departments from both Sun Valley and Ketchum.

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