Couture concrete pour; Milwaukee high-rise 'raft' established

Findorff conducted on Wednesday, March 16 a massive concrete pour to establish the foundation of The Couture along Milwaukee's lakefront. 

This first pour will establish what is called the "raft" – the 700 cubic yard foundation that will support the core of the 44-story tower

"So it's a full day process and basically today marks a very momentous day for us because this is the base of a 44-story skyscraper," said Rick Barrett, developer. "We are putting a very, very significant building in the ground that will be here for the next 200 years. "

Concrete pour at the Couture, Milwaukee

Key stats from a news release include:

  • The raft is supported by 116 steel piles capable of supporting 400 tons each.
  • The raft contains 176,200 lbs. of rebar and 2,800,000 lbs of concrete.
  • The pour will take roughly six hours and will be placed by two concrete pumps and a crew of 12-14 workers.
  • There will be 78 concrete trucks in a rotation bringing all of the concrete to the site.
  • The Tower's "core" sits on top of this raft and contains the four elevators and two stairs that service all of the apartment levels

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"This is great for downtown, it's great for transit oriented development, but it's also great for the citizens in our city who need access to family-support work. This is great," said Acting Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson. 

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