Page 17 - Contractors World - International Vol 3 No 7

Page 17
Contractors World - InternationaVol 3 No 7
business. Dario set his sights on a dream and Castle helped deliver
the dream. I use their pumping service all the time for my custom
home business.”
Of course what self-respecting castle would be complete
without a wall around it. Fortified defensive walls that were
designed to be 18 inches (450 mm) thick were expanded to
three feet (900 mm) of poured concrete to be consistent with
dimensions of 13th century castles. Most of the concrete is
covered with locally sourced stone attached by mortar and
brackets.
More than 8,000 tons of stone were hand-chiseled in keeping
with the owner’s desire for authenticity. In olden times when
castles took years to build the stone would often change as
construction progressed and new sources were found. So it is with
Castello Di Amoroso. The exterior appearance takes on a different
look depending on when it was built. And the list goes on with
leaded glass, iron gates formed over an open forge, one million
antique, hand-made bricks from Hapsburg palaces and over 200
containers of other hand made materials shipped from Europe to
lend authenticity.
Castle’s pumps handled all of the mixes supplied for the job
including lightweight concrete that was used for upper levels that
were not in the original plan. Foundations that were constructed
for fewer stories, had to accommodate higher loads when
additions were added.
Plus this was the first castle built to Seismic Zone 4 specifications. “We kept an eye on the sand in the half-inch
lightweight mixes and kept the specific gravity in line, “ Abbot explained, “The Castle pumps had no problems.” Short six
mile hauls kept the temperature of the mix in spec even on the hottest days. Most loads were 4,000 psi , 6.2 sack blends
with 15 percent flyash. “We supplied lots of coloured material, “ according to Abbot, “Mostly mortar but also concrete.”
This is the type of project we like,” Rich Castle explains, “The owner had the right attitude and the project was fun.”
The Castle philosophy is quality not quantity and, in this case, it combined a long project duration with over 15,000 total
yards (11,000 m³) over a 15 year period.
We spoiled Sattui by being there whenever he needed us and he used us exclusively,” says the 62 year old Castle who
doesn’t hesitate to operate a pump when he is needed. Most of his operators work their way up in the organization. His
41
year old, lead pump operator was a yard boy in high school. All operators are ACPA certified. Castle adds, “When my
guys drive in to the yard, they work for us, and when they leave with a pump they are us.”
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