Under certain conditions, concrete pumping can be a faster, more economical method of concrete placement for major construction projects. Consider a case in point- the Stemmons Empire Building in Dallas, Texas. Recently, Henry C. Beck Company, general contractor, placed approximately 3,500 yards of lightweight concrete in less than one month by concrete pumping. "Before construction had even begun of the building, we had proved on paper that pumping would be the best method of concrete placement for this particular job. Our experience has proven us right," said Monroe Lee, the project engineer. Lee pointed out that the key to knowing when to use concrete pumping instead of other methods is in the structural design of the building under consideration. Because of its relatively low height- 11 floors- and because of the short time we planned for concrete placement, our studies indicated that a material tower would not be feasible," Lee said. "Pumping also allowed the crews to move on to another job as soon as each half-day concrete placing schedule was completed. The pumps were chargeable to this job's payroll only while they were actually in operation." "Because the Henry C. Beck Company is dedicated to economy, quality, safety, and speed of construction on all our projects, you can be sure the first method of concrete placement I'll consider next time I'm on a project with similar structural design will be pumping," Lee said.