“The Big Pour” – The Foundation of the New Flag Building

The Big Pour, originally uploaded by jetteroheller.

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.


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2 comments on ““The Big Pour” – The Foundation of the New Flag Building
  1. Terri says:

    “We own a tremendous amount of property. We own a tremendous amount of material, and so forth. And it keeps growing. But that’s not important. When buildings get important to us, for God’s sake, some of you born revolutionists, will you please blow up central headquarters. If someone had put some HE (high explosives) under the Vatican long ago, Catholicism might still be going. Don’t get interested in real estate. Don’t get interested in the masses of buildings, because that’s not important.

    “What is important is how much service you can give the world and how much you can get done and how much better you can make things. These are important things. These are all that are important. A bank account never measured the worth of a man. His ability to help measured his worth and that’s all. A bank account can assist one to help but where it ceases to do that it becomes useless.”

    –L. Ron Hubbard

    31 December 1960 lecture, The Genus of Dianetics and Scientology.

    • “What is important is how much service you can give the world and how much you can get done and how much better you can make things.” — my point exactly. Though, of course, the above quote doesn’t mean to pay no attention at all to details on the building. And, as we likely don’t want to be worrying ourselves with the structural integrity of this building over its many future years of service to the Church, I’m quite glad that time was taken to ensure that details such as its foundation were taken seriously.

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