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Contractor Doesn’t Have to Gamble When Using Putzmeister Boom Pumps on Caesars Project


J&R Concrete Pumping of Vineland, N.J. completed all four foundation pours for the 3,200-space garage.

The 58-Meter boom pump was needed for its reach – up to 188 feet vertically and 174 feet horizontally.

Each of the four foundation pours consumed about 2,000 cubic yards of concrete.

Junior Scarpa, president of J&R Concrete Pumping, wears a safety-approved hard hat on the job that looks like a cowboy hat.

The 58-Meter boom pump is capable of pumping a maximum 260 yards of concrete per hour.

Contractor Doesn’t Have to Gamble When Using Putzmeister Boom Pumps on Caesars Project

STURTEVANT, Wis. (September 2004) – Patrons of Caesars Atlantic City and other casinos nearby will find that the odds of locating a parking spot will improve when an 11-story, 3,200-space structure opens next summer.

The $75 million parking garage, adjacent to the world-famous Boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., eventually will be topped with a 20-story hotel.

To be known as Caesars Transportation Center, the structure is located on a block bordered by Atlantic, Pacific, Michigan and Arkansas avenues, and will offer convenient parking for guests at Caesars, Bally’s and The Wild Wild West Casino, all divisions of Caesars Entertainment.

The structure likewise will benefit the more than 37 million visitors who are drawn to Atlantic City annually for retail shopping, gambling and other entertainment. Approximately one-third of America’s population lives within a three-hour drive of Atlantic City.

By agreement with Caesars, the parking structure additionally will serve the neighboring Atlantic City Medical Center. A parking garage for the medical center was razed to make room for the new, larger structure.

Four separate concrete pours were completed this summer for the foundation of the garage, each forming a slab about 55 feet by 150 feet and 8.5 feet below grade. Each poured consumed about 2,000 cubic yards of a 5,000-psi mix.

Putzmeister 58-Meter and 36Z-Meter concrete boom pumps played important roles in the pouring. To complete the work quickly and efficiently, the 58-Meter pump provided vertical reach up to 188 feet and horizontal reach up to 174 feet.

The 58-Meter also permitted a high-volume pour. The unit is capable of pumping up to 260 yards an hour, a number it approached when clocked during one, 45-minute interval.

With two ready-mix trucks simultaneously feeding the pump’s hopper, the amount of concrete poured during that period translated into pumping 250 yards an hour, which theoretically means discharging the contents of a 10-yard mixer truck in just 2.5 minutes.

The 36Z-Meter pumped was paired with the larger 58-Meter to avoid losing time when topping off. Another 36-Meter boom pump joined the action during the third pour because of an open bulkhead.

Massett Building Co. Inc. of Atlantic City is the construction manager for the project. L. Feriozzi Concrete Co., Venton, N.J., is the concrete contractor. Atlantic County Concrete and Material L.L.C., Pleasantville, N.J. is supplying the concrete while J&R Concrete Pumping, Vineland, N.J., is the pumping contractor.

J&R Concrete Pumping rented a Putzmeister 58-Meter boom pump for the first pour. The company then took delivery of its own 58-Meter pump to handle the remaining pours and subsequent floor work.

“We basically bought the 58-Meter for this high-profile job,” said Junior Scarpa, president of J&R Concrete Pumping. “We needed the high volume. We needed the extra reach. We got both with the Putzmeister 58-Meter."

“The floors are next in line to finish with the use of the 58-Meter. Once the project’s done, it will bring the total amount of concrete placed in the garage to 32,000 cubic yards.”

Scarpa joked, “And the cost of one parking space to $23,000.”

Although a native of the Atlantic City area, Scarpa can be found on job sites wearing what appears to be a cowboy hat. Though it looks authentic, the head covering is actually a safety-approved hard hat, which Scarpa obtained through a friend in Texas. In fact, Scarpa owns three different cowboy hard hats, all painted in various color combinations.

“The cowboy hard hats look so authentic that I often have to prove to job site officials that they meet safety regulations,” he said. "I tip my hat and show them the inside sticker, which states it. Many are amazed and it certainly has started several conversations.”

Scarpa has worked in the concrete business for almost 50 years, first driving a mixer truck, then operating a boom pump before heading up J&R Concrete Pumping. J&R started with Thomsen equipment, then switched to Putzmeister when the two boom pump manufacturers joined forces.

J&R’s fleet includes four Putzmeister concrete boom pumps, a high-pressure 14000 trailer pump and two smaller trailer pumps.

J&R has a loyal group of operators and a reputation for dedicated service. “Service is 90 percent of what we sell,” Scarpa said. “Give your customers the best service possible, backed by top equipment and experienced operators and they’ll keep coming back for more.”

“Since the 58-Meter is the largest boom pump in Jersey, as well as in most of the surrounding states, it was perfect for the job,” said Hank Schiavoni of Mid-Atlantic Concrete Pumps and Sales in New Castle, Del., the Putzmeister dealer in the area. “For over 30 years, I’ve been promoting Putzmeister equipment within the Northeast, beginning with Thomsen in 1973. During that time, I’ve watched demand grow for longer-reaching and higher-volume pumps.

“It’s not surprising that the 58-Meter’s long reach and high-volume output made a huge difference in getting the pour done so much quicker, compared to having to drag additional delivery line.”

When the Caesars Transportation Center is completed in July 2005, Caesars Entertainment will provide 11,443 parking spaces in Atlantic City among Caesars Atlantic City, Bally’s and the Atlantic City Hilton.

With $4.5 billion in annual net revenue, Caesars is one of the world’s leading gaming companies. The company employs 55,000 people operating 29 properties on four continents that include 29,000 hotel rooms and 2 million square feet of casino space.

JOB SPECS
Architect: SOSH Architects, Atlantic City, N.J.
Construction manager: Massett Building Co. Inc., Atlantic City
Concrete contractor: L. Feriozzi Concrete Company, Venton, N.J.
Pumping contractor: J&R Concrete Pumping, Vineland, N.J.
Ready-mix supplier: Atlantic County Concrete and Material L.L.C., Pleasantville, N.J.
Equipment dealer: Mid-Atlantic Concrete Pumps & Sales, New Castle, Del.