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That down piece could be either - temporary as it's the only part for some of the angled beams sitting on the yellow structure (in some of those pics), or permanent for future bracing or to support the ceiling of the retail space.
 
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Each of those columns weighs 40 tons! So how much is that? We'll here's a few examples;

Half a space shuttle. One quarter of a bungalow. 6 Tyrannosaurus Rex. 6 elephants. 20 cars. And 75 grizzly bears.

"Half a space shuttle" really hammers home how enormous these columns are. Bear in mind, this weight is without the concrete, which will further increase the total mass!

Where did you get the 40 tons figure? And are there other fun facts about the super columns available! And can I subscribe to weekly fun facts about this building? ;)
 

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"Half a space shuttle" really hammers home how enormous these columns are. Bear in mind, this weight is without the concrete, which will further increase the total mass!

Where did you get the 40 tons figure? And are there other fun facts about the super columns available! And can I subscribe to weekly fun facts about this building? ;)
Space shuttles are much lighter than you'd imagine an object of that size would be. Lightweight ceramics and titanium where one would expect steel. If anything this hammers down how ridiculously light spacecraft are designed to be.
For example, an unmodified Toyota Tundra pickup truck was able to haul space shuttle Endeavour over a bridge in Los Angeles on its move to the California Science Centre.
 
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Also have to remember that the Shuttle is mostly air. It's a cargo ship, which was used to 'shuttle' things into space. Lots of surface area covering the hold, but it's just a big cargo bay at the end of the day.
...so is a quarter of a bungalow, come to think of it. But one has look at this as an exercise in density vs. size. Because the denser an object is, the heavier it will be regardless of its size.

Bear in mind, this weight is without the concrete, which will further increase the total mass!
And 75 grizzlies I suspect, like with Humans, are mostly made of water I'm told.
 

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