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Miami Pile Drivers Expertly Handle Record-Setting Project

It’s not every day that you set a world record at work, but in Miami, it was common practice for pile drivers from the Florida Regional Council of Carpenters (FLCRC) working on the globally intrigued One Thousand Museum project.

One Thousand Museum sits at 1000 Biscayne Boulevard in the heart of Miami. When work is completed, the structure will be a 62-story, 706-foot high tower, six-star ultra-luxury residential skyscraper that overlooks Biscayne Bay. Construction launched in 2015 to build an ultra-modern, exclusive structure featuring twisting glass-fiber that hovers over a white concrete exterior.

According to the World Property Journal: Once complete, One Thousand Museum will be the first building in the country to utilize this glass-fiber reinforced concrete outer shell as a permanent formwork. The 83-unit tower, slated for completion in late 2017, will expect 4,800 pieces of the project’s revolutionary exoskeleton being shipped from Dubai. When its doors open, it is expected to be the tallest building in Miami.

Under project general contractor Plaza Construction, HJ Foundation handled the deep foundation pile driving for this project, and was tasked with drilling the largest augercast piling in the world. It had to be done correctly, safely, and on time and budget – so they hired FLCRC Pile Drivers.

Twice, FLCRC pile drivers made history on this project. First they drove 170.6 feet; a week later, they drove 177 feet. More than 300 piles were driven for this site, with each pile ranging from 156 to 177 feet-long, and 30 inches wide. The Deep Foundations Institute verified the record-breaking drive.

“Even though this was such a high-profile project and despite knowing that their work was being tracked and documented by the Institute as a world-record, our members remained focused and productive. As a result, it was done safely, efficiently, and correctly,” said James Banks, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the FLCRC.

Congratulations to the pile driving crew of Al Cover (Superintendent), Kelsey Oliver (Foreman), Mark Carter, and Yohanys Torres!

To learn more about this project, check out 1000museum.com or visit the 1000museum facebook page. Here’s an article by Construction Today about the record-setting drill.