In areas of the Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center site where the ceiling is a little lower, “it takes some serious patience and understanding of the boom's abilities.”
In areas of the Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center site where the ceiling is a little lower, “it takes some serious patience and understanding of the boom's abilities.”

Edwards Concrete Construction, Evansville, Ind., is responsible for placing, and finishing more than 4000 cubic yards of concrete for the floor slabs at the new Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center located near the contractor's headquarters. To meet construction deadlines and avoid potential problems posed by severe winter weather, the center's project designers elected to build the walls and roof first.

Project designers also planned for the building's slabs to consist of colored concrete. “The way the facility was constructed actually solved some of our initial finishing concerns,” says Randy Edwards, owner of Edwards Concrete Construction. “We needed moderate temperatures in order to maintain the quality and achieve the look the owners wanted. The enclosed space afforded a more controlled environment for finishing.”

With that solved, Edwards crews were faced with finding a way to reach every inch of the facility's 10,000-square-foot diesel engine shop within the confines of the existing roof and walls. “A trailer pump with an extensive system would certainly have done the job,” says Edwards. “But the labor involved in that process was something we didn't even want to consider.”

So, faced with overhead restrictions between 16 and 22 feet, Edwards found the solution in two of their Schwing concrete pumps.” The KVM 24-4H “is the most easily maneuverable through the doorway,” says Edwards. The four-section boom is able to unfold at 16 feet 3 inches, allowing this pump to pour floors that would otherwise be inaccessible.

“The unfolding height is just under most of our overhead restrictions, so we can accurately place most of the concrete with over 60 feet of reach.”