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Building A Grain Elevator Is Massive Undertaking

Posted 2/22/2018

By Pilar MartinTHE cement is poured into a bucket and hauled up to the top of the forms.THE cement is poured into a bucket and hauled up to the top of the forms.

SEDGWICK—Living in a highly agricultural area, grain storage facilities or elevators can be seen in almost every community. Those tall, white, towering structures, loom over towns, but getting to see one built up close doesn’t happen that often.

In Sedgwick, the Kanza Cooperative is in the process of adding three of those storage towers, and residents get to witness firsthand how those massive structures are built. Watching the construction process is something of a marvel.

The first step is clearing and leveling the area where the storage towers will be built. Rebar, or rods of steel, are put in the ground in a circular pattern to reinforce the concrete structure. Once, the basic structure is installed, a concrete base is poured.

Then comes the fun part. A series of steel forms are hoisted above the base.

These forms are two-sided, hollow in the middle. Wet concrete is poured into a really big bucket and hauled up to the top of the forms. Workers grab the bucket of concrete as it gets to the top of the form, pouring the concrete into another device.

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