Excavation work begins at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center project site

Excavation work begins at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center project site. Photo by Pete Iwen, Ph.D.

Excavation work is underway and expected to last through the end of December on the future site of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.

Crews are working six days a week to dig one gigantic hole which will become the lower level of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.

How gigantic?

It will take 4,000 truckloads to remove 159,831,340 pounds of dirt.

That’s like moving more than 12,000 elephants.

This translates into 47,100 cubic yards of soil, enough dirt to fill 14 Olympic-size swimming pools.

Once excavation is complete, the footprint of the hole will be 119 feet long by 205 feet wide with a depth of 21 feet.