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International Plaza trivia

By Times staff

© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 13, 2001


THE SIZE

  • 78 acres of land, nearly double the size of MOSI's Back Woods.

THE WORK

  • 1.45-million people hours of work from start to finish, equivalent to one person working a 40-hour week for 725 years.
  • An average 72,500 people hours worked per month, equivalent to eight human years, or 56 dog years.
  • More than 850 people working on site each day, more than double the entire NBA player roster.
  • 4,030 tons of steel, enough to manufacture 3,030 automobiles.
  • 430,081 square feet of roofing, enough to cover the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' playing field nearly nine times.
  • 14,909 cubic yards of cement, enough to fill every tank in the Florida Aquarium -- three times each.
  • 120,000 square feet of plaster, enough to cover nearly 26 professional basketball courts.
  • 237 miles of electrical wiring and 12.07 miles of electrical conduit, enough to stretch 50 miles into Georgia from International Plaza.
  • 4,359 sprinkler heads in the fire-prevention system, one for every seat in all four auditoriums of the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center -- with 259 left over.
  • 44,480 feet of underground utility piping, enough to wrap nearly 124 times around the base line of Tropicana Field.

THE SIGHTS

  • 130,000 feet of tile, enough to cover the Tampa Bay Lightning's playing ice more than 71/2 times.
  • 22 skylights: The largest, 1,600 square feet, would cover more than five shuffleboard courts.
  • 3,500 feet of hand rails, enough to stretch all the way to the end of The Pier in St. Petersburg and nearly halfway back.
  • 7,175 light fixtures, nearly enough to span Tampa Bay if placed every two feet along the Howard Frankland Bridge.
  • 55.5 miles of painted pavement stripes, enough to stretch from International Plaza to beyond Sarasota.
  • 2.24-million square feet of asphalt in the parking lots, enough to cover all of Adventure Island 11/3 times.
  • 2,100 live trees.

- Source: International Plaza

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