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Argentine Main Pump Station

Location: Kansas City, Kansas

Award: Infrastructure

Project Team

Owner: City of Kansas City KS Contractor: Kissick Construction Architect/Engineer: Michels/Cole Concrete: Fordyce Concrete Slag Cement: Holcim

Located in Kansas City, KS, USA, the Argentine Main Pump Station was one of three pump station upgrades that the Unified Government (Corps of Engineers) perused to increase flood protection in Argentine, Armourdale, and the West Bottoms. It was a $33 million project between all three locations. The Argentine pump station was the largest of the three. They were originally constructed between 70 to 100 years ago. The total structure (Argentine) is 57 x 59 ft (17 x 18 m).

For the project, 4500 and 5000 psi (31 and 35 MPa) ternary mixture designs were used for the walls, foundation, and mass concrete. The use of slag cement helped control the internal temperature of the concrete to keep the mass concrete placements on schedule. In addition, slag cement helped achieve early day compressive strength.

With the use of 15 to 20% slag cement, early compressive strengths were achieved. With early strength, production was sped up by 15% to complete the project.

Application Type

% Slag Cement Replacement

15-20% Slag – Grade 100

% Portland Cement


% Portland Limestone Cement

% Other SCM (if applicable)

15% Class F Fly Ash – Ash Grove Durapoz F


High Quality Limestone

Water/cement ratio


7-day strengths

3850 psi

28-day strengths

6000 psi+


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