With the new Flag building of the Church of Scientology in Clearwater, FL set to have its Grand Opening in the coming weeks, I thought it interesting to stumble across this little photo – one that I took on the 7th of August 1999 with my very first digital camera.
It’s a photo, taken from the Fort Harrison in Clearwater, at what was termed “The Big Pour” — the pouring of the foundation of the massive new Flag building.
My sister was working on the project at that time, and was working to help organize things for this pour, so I had a little inside data on the massive scale of this particular operation. Owing to the fact that the foundation of the new building was below the water table, it was apparently imperative for the entire foundation to be poured in one, massive go. The point in this was to avoid any small cracks by which seepage from underground water could force their way in. The entire foundation had to form a single, impenetrable unit.
So, despite the logistical nightmare this posed, they ended up having to orchestrate an 18-hour continuous concrete pour, with 4 separate concrete pumpers running all day and night, each being fed by a nonstop army of cement trucks – literally hundreds of cement trucks in and out of the area.
It was quite a sight to behold. And, owing to tight organization, they ended up finishing the pour something like 6 hours ahead of schedule.