The World’s first Ferris Wheel was designed and built for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, IL in 1893 by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. Since then, the wheels have been a staple of many state fairs across the United States and many other places throughout the World. Much like tall buildings, the past few years has shown us that having the tallest Ferris Wheel is a strong source of pride for a city or country. The current record holder for tallest Ferris Wheel is the High Roller in Las Vegas, Nevada, topping out at 550ft and opened in March of 2014. The record won’t last much longer as there are two Ferris Wheels currently under construction that will be taller: the Dubai Eye and the New York Wheel. The Dubai Eye, which is getting very close to completion, is planned to reach a staggering 850 feet tall (260 meters) and the New York Wheel is expected to peak at 630 feet tall (192m). The original wheel designed by Ferris Jr. topped out at 264 ft (80.4m).
Though the New York Wheel may not be the tallest in the World once it’s complete thanks to the massive Dubai Eye, it will still hold the United States record until the next competitor shows up. At 630 feet, it will surely give tourists and New Yorkers some excellent views of the iconic city. It also gives all of us construction nerds a chance to get a detailed look inside the construction process. In the video below, by silive.com, you’ll be able to see a continuous pour of more than 4,000 cubic yards of concrete across roughly 420 trucks. In addition to the concrete, the foundation has over 900 tons of steel reinforcement bars carefully placed throughout. That gigantic foundation will be expected to withstand the weight of two legs, which each weigh 110 tons on top of the weight of the wheel and the 1,440 person capacity. This project is being carried out by Gilbane Building Company and is expected to be completed in 2017.
Record breaking or not, this an impressive attraction. Enjoy the video below: