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Basehor water tower likely to take final shape Monday

April 15, 2011

Basehor's new water tower will take shape next week, likely on Monday.

Workers will raise the tower's 300,000-pound steel bowl to the top of its concrete column over a period of two to three hours, said Mike Fulkerson, operations director for Consolidated Water District No. 1.

Fulkerson said the process was tentatively scheduled to begin between 7 and 7:30 a.m. Monday, though weather or other factors could cause a delay.

The tower, between 155th and 158th Streets north of U.S. Highway 24-40, will hold 1 million gallons.

Workers for Phoenix Fabricators & Erectors, the contractor constructing the tower, will raise the bowl at a rate of about 14 inches per minute, Fulkerson said, using a combination of jacks and cables. It will reach a final height of about 155 feet. If the process begins on time, the bowl should reach the top of the tower around 9:30 or 10 a.m., he said.

“It's not a quick process,” Fulkerson said.

After the bowl is in place, another contractor will apply a paint scheme beginning in May, Fulkerson said, and the tower is tentatively scheduled to be operational by August.

The paint scheme, approved last month by the Basehor City Council, is to include the words “Welcome to Basehor” facing toward the highway, along with Basehor-Linwood High School’s Bobcat logo. Basehor-Linwood school district superintendent David Howard requested at the council's March work session that the tower include the Bobcat.

For photos of the bowl-raising, check next week and the April 21 print edition of the Sentinel.


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