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Putzmeister Trailer Pump Plays Key Role In Forming Cool Waterfall Under Hot Florida Sun

Putzmeister Trailer Pump Plays Key Role In Forming Cool Waterfall Under Hot Florida Sun

STURTEVANT, Wis. ( Feb. 2 2004 ) – An elaborate and decorative waterfall, created in part with Putzmeister concrete pumps, is one of the signature amenities of the exclusive Old Palm golf and estate housing development under construction in West Palm Beach, Fla.

The waterfall rises 14 1/2 feet in height, spans 200 feet in width and is 250 feet long. Water flowing over the decorative rock/boulder structure cascades into an adjacent lake.

Old Palm features “grand estate” homes with price tags starting at $1.3 million. Golf course designer Raymond Floyd planned the accompanying course, which includes a unique 19 th “bye” hole that adds a little extra competition to each round. The amenities budget for the development alone totals $36 million.

The general contractor for the waterfall, Certified Pool Mechanics, Bonita Springs, Fla., used a Putzmeister Thom-Katt ® trailer pump to spray on the 6-inch shell of the waterfall. A special shotcrete mix including the material Xypex TM was used to form the shell.

Xypex adds the density to a mix needed to waterproof such a structure. Rinker Materials of West Palm Beach added Xypex to the 800 cubic yards of mix needed to complete the project.

Equipment to the rescue
Jim Henegar, co-owner of Thomas Machinery, an authorized Putzmeister dealer in Miami, said, “Certified Pool Mechanics owns a Putzmeister Thom-Katt, but they had so much work that they contacted us to get another Putzmeister unit. They wanted a Putzmeister because they've been so pleased with the performance and reliability of their Thom-Katt. We in turn referred them to M&M Concrete Pumping near Fort Lauderdale ( Fla. ).”

M&M Concrete Pumping brought its Putzmeister TK 50 trailer pump to the site for several days of pumping concrete into small bridge forms placed along the golf course and into the walls of the waterfall pump stations. The TK 50 also was used extensively for spraying shotcrete.

Mike Moberg, owner of M&M, said the TK 50 hydraulic pump proved the logical and most versatile choice for handling the various applications. “Prime out wasn't the only critical area of concern,” he said. “With the concrete being a tight 2-inch slump combined with the hot Florida sun, you can't afford to let the mix sit in the delivery line. Therefore, we had to regulate the production of the pump to coincide with the delivery of the concrete.”

Rocks that would be commonly found in the area were set into the shell after the shell was applied. A Putzmeister Tommy-Gun plaster pump with a 1.5-inch hose sprayed a specially colored pigment texture coat between the rocks to add a touch of nature's realism.

When asked to evaluate the equipment's performance, Pierre Liles, job superintendent of Certified Pool Mechanics, said, “Since the ‘70s, we've owned Putzmeister equipment. We take it all over the country, from ocean areas to freezing temps and it still performs without fail no matter the climate or conditions.”

More construction ahead
Another portion of the Old Palm project encompassing the clubhouse and a 40-foot cascading waterfall by the 18 th hole, will require about 1,700 yards of shotcrete.

Certified Pool Mechanics, which has been recognized for its creative concrete work at zoos and theme parks across the nation, is scheduled to complete its $2.8 million share of the project by March 2004.

Owner: WCI Inc., West Palm Beach, Fla.
General contractor: Certified Pool Mechanics, Bonita Springs, Fla.
Pumping contractor: M&M Concrete Pumping, Lighthouse Point, Fla.
Ready-mix supplier: Rinker Materials, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Equipment dealer: Thomas Machinery Inc., Miami Equipment: Putzmeister Thom-Katt TK 50 trailer-mounted pump and Tommy-Gun plaster pump