MPB takes shape with first vertical wall placed

  • Posted: Monday, May 20, 2019, 4:29 pm

The first vertical wall for the Main Process Building (MPB) has been placed. The wall is 27 feet tall and required 196 cubic yards of concrete.The first vertical wall for the Main Process Building (MPB) has been placed. The wall is 27 feet tall and required 196 cubic yards of concrete.

The first vertical wall for the Main Process Building at the Uranium Processing Facility has been placed. Because this wall is part of a nuclear facility, the 196 cubic yards of concrete needed for this placement is high quality, the documentation is more thorough, and there are more rigorous evaluations.

“It’s great to see MPB go vertical,” said MPB Area Manager Matt Nuckols. “The team has worked tirelessly to transition from base and topping slabs to the rebar and formwork intensive walls. It’s exciting to see the building take shape.”

To build the 27-foot-tall wall, the outside rebar curtain layer was joined by an inside layer. Formwork was placed outside the curtains and then the concrete placed. The concrete was left to cure, or harden, for five days before the forms were removed.

Ironworkers, carpenters, and cement finishers will continue this process for the remaining 27 vertical wall sections for the MPB first floor, starting near the corners and building west.

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