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Discovery Channel Broadcasts Complex Construction Projects Requiring Concrete Pumps


Discovery Channel recently aired two distinctive New York City construction projects that utilized the concrete pumping services of the Alexander Wagner Company and their Putzmeister equipment. Shown are two boom pumps working on the Third Avenue Bridge project, one of the two documentaries broadcast in October. The second documentary featured the NYC South Ferry Subway Station, a project still under construction.

Discovery Channel Broadcasts Complex Construction Projects Requiring Concrete Pumps

Television Crews Film Two Distinctive Projects that Utilized the Concrete Pumping Services of the Alexander Wagner Company and their Putzmeister Equipment

STURTEVANT, WI (October 10, 2006) – Throughout the month of October, the Discovery Channel aired two documentaries about highly complicated construction projects that utilized the efficiency of high performance concrete pumps.

Both documentaries have striking similarities. Both were filmed in New York City, both showed Putzmeister boom and trailer pumps pumping concrete under extreme conditions; and both featured the Alexander Wagner Co., Inc. of Paterson, NJ providing the equipment and concrete pumping services for these intricate projects. Ironically, both shows aired almost back to back on the same dates.

Highlighting the construction of the Third Avenue Bridge that crosses over the Harlem River, one documentary called “Spanning the Harlem” was part of the channel’s Mega Builder series. Segments within the episode focused on the Big Lift, the Big Pour and the Big Float. In particular, the large foundation pour and large piling pours effectively illustrated the importance of reliable, high performance equipment under stressful conditions.

Just prior to the bridge’s opening, the project was featured in the Concrete Pumping magazine’s Winter 2004-2005 edition (Volume 17). The TV episode aired almost two years later.

The second documentary featured the NYC South Ferry Subway Station, a project still under construction. It is the first new subway station in New York since the beginning of the twentieth century. The project was featured in the Extreme Engineering series, with the episode titled “NYC - South Ferry Subway Station”.

Beyond the massive excavation highlighted in the broadcast, the project also requires exacting concrete placement. This is being handled with the powerful performance of Putzmeister equipment, again under the expertise of the Alexander Wagner Company.

Various episodes can be downloaded from the Discovery Channel web site at www.discovery.com. For more details, contact Putzmeister America, Inc. toll-free at (800) 884-7210 or (262) 886-3200.