VIDEO: Sails Pavilion Concrete Pour in Timelapse

Watching concrete dry might not sound like the most interesting thing in the world. But 18,000 pictures - assembled in timelapse - capturing the new concrete floor being poured into place at one of the most iconic gathering places in the world, makes for a sight you’ve never seen before!

This week, the San Diego Convention Center completed a major capital infrastructure project inside the Sails Pavilion: the installation of a new concrete floor. The 90,000 square foot exhibit space (and 16,000 square feet of surrounding concrete walkways) underwent a major enhancement, from December 6, 2016 until March 7, 2017. The job was completed by T. B. Penick & Sons, Inc.

The original concrete flooring was removed, demolished and recycled before the new concrete was placed.

The $3.5 million-dollar project was funded by a $25.5 million state loan from the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank). That loan will finance eight other projects throughout the facility. The loan, co-signed by the City of San Diego, is the largest ever approved by the IBank.

Here are some fun facts about the Sails Pavilion project:

  • It took 36 hours over 3 days to pour the concrete
  • 5.3 million pounds of concrete was removed/recycled
  • That’s equal to seven fully loaded Boeing 747s
  • The concrete poured in the 90,000 square foot Sails Pavilion could cover almost two football fields

And stay tuned, because this summer, the Sails Pavilion roof will be replaced, another significant infrastructure project for the convention center.

So sit back and watch this occur, in timelapse. Then share it with your friends…

Learn more about our Capital Improvement Projects by visiting this special section of our website.

Barbara Moreno's picture
Posted by Barbara Moreno, on March 9, 2017
Attendees, Experience San Diego, Meeting Planners


Thanks for publishing the concrete pouring.

You guys did an amazing job!!

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