In the late 1970s, Dallas wanted a defining feature for its skyline and, in true Texas fashion, they wanted it big and fast.
The 50-story Reunion Tower in Dallas, measuring 562 feet, was constructed in just 68 days – from the foundation to the geodesic dome that encircles the top of the four reinforced slip form concrete cylinders. When it was complete, the Dallas skyline was forever changed, and so were the construction industry’s expectations for what could be accomplished in roughly two months’ time without compromises to quality or safety. From the speed to the quality of the finish, Sundt set new standards in construction. Using slip forming, the entire four-foot-high fiberglass form was built to very close tolerances. Considerable effort was put into floating the desired finish on the concrete just as it was extruded from the forms.