Concrete Evidence of How Big the Millennium Tower Boston Project Really Is

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Posted July 28, 2015 by Andrew Luke in Business
Millennium Tower Boston Concrete

Since fall of 2013, work on Millennium Tower Boston has progressed at alarming speed in Downtown Boston. It went from a notorious crater in the ground to 50+ stories of glass and steel in just a few months. At more than 600 feet, the Tower will be the tallest residential building in the city when completed, and the tallest building of any kind since The Hancock was completed in 1976. To make sure a building this size is sturdy and stable requires concrete. A lot of concrete.

First, they had to fill that crater with concrete for the foundation slab. It took 6,000 cubic yards and 33 hours of pouring, continuously, to fill the crater—which is a Boston record.

With the massive foundation in place, the Tower started stretching skyward, its concrete skeleton rising out of the ground floor by floor. How does the Tower currently stack up? It has taken a whopping 50,000 cubic yards of concrete. In other words, that’s equal to:

  • A four foot wide sidewalk between Boston and New York City
  • The weight of about 1.1 million people, or about double the population of Boston
  • The weight of 14,000 elephants
  • The weight of 278 fully loaded 747 passenger airplanes
  • A football field filled with a layer 30 feet deep
  • The reflecting pool at the Christian Science Center filled 10 times

The Tower is already more than 80% sold with occupancy slated for summer of 2016, and is predicted to become the best-selling residential building in New England history. Given the luxury amenities and unique lifestyle offerings the Tower boasts, that prediction is as solid as…well, you know.


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