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BHS-Sonthofen provided mixing technology for the ambitious "Pier 55" project in New York

At the former Pier 55 along the Hudson River in New York, 132 precast tulip elements, mounted on 267 concrete piles, form a 2.4-acres artificial island – the new eye-catcher of the waterfront. For the ambitious project, precast producer and supplier of the concrete flowers Fort Miller Co, Inc. relied on the proven mixing technology from BHS-Sonthofen – two BHS twin-shaft batch mixers of type DKXS 3,00 ensured concrete of the highest quality.

A green oasis with spectacular views of Manhattan, the 24-acre "Little Island" is another impressive New York City landmark. It' s been almost ten years since the start of design phase for the former Pier 55. Originally developed in collaboration with the Hudson River Park Trust, the project was primarily funded by Barry Diller and the Diller-Von Furstenberg Family Foundation. Since its opening in May 2021, Little Island has been open to the public free of charge and has since become a crowd favorite.
Highest concrete quality for aesthetics, expediency, and durability
BHS-Sonthofen was already involved in the project during this first phase. After the foundation stone was laid in 2018, the first step was to drive concrete piers into the harbor bottom to build the island structure designed for several thousand people. Precast concrete manufacturer Coastal Precast Systems from Chesapeake/Virginia uses BHS mixing technology at three of their sites. They supplied the necessary 267 up to 60 m long post-tensioned precast concrete piers for the substructure – each with a load capacity of 250 - 300 tons.
In the subsequent project phase with Fort Miller from Schuylerville/NY, the architecturally appealing precast concrete structures were placed. Weighing 90 tons, each of the 132 tulip heads is intended to be both delicate and function as an oversized flowerpot to support the park and entire trees. Fort Miller accepted this challenge and purchased two BHS twin-shaft batch mixers, each with a discharge of 3 m3 per batch. "Concrete components in close proximity to the tidal sea water are subject to constant corrosion. The mixing technology from BHS-Sonthofen ensures the highest mixing quality, which is essential in such projects," explains Scott D. Harrigan, president of Fort Miller. The proven technology enabled the production of 655 individual tulip leaves, which were trucked to the port of Coeymans and assembled before being barged to the site.
Mixing technology optimized for customer requirements
With more than 130 years of experience with mixing technology, BHS-Sonthofen is the right partner for ambitious challenges. “The DKXS is the optimal choice for precast concrete of highest quality”, explains Mike Kerins, Sales Manager Concrete and Minerals Division at BHS-Sonthofen Inc. “The three-dimensional mixing concept of the mixer results in an intensive exchange of materials, shorter mixing cycles with reduced energy consumption, and a maintenance-friendly and robust design”. The company's central location on the East Coast also allowed for quick delivery times. “Fort Miller has been a great partner to BHS, and we are honored to continually be an integral part of their manufacturing process,” Kerins sums up the successful project.
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