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Hoover Dam

Brick by Brick at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

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Hoover Dam



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One of America’s Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders, the Hoover Dam was completed in 1935 as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal. The dam’s goals were to tame the Colorado River, distribute water to the parched Southwest and provide hydroelectric power. It was constructed as an arch-gravity dam. Arch dams are best for narrow passages between steep rock walls; gravity dams’ massive weight hold back water.

Fun facts about the LEGO version at Brick by Brick:
·5 feet long
·Design time: 215 hours
·Build time: 160 hours
·Number of bricks: 42,800
·Adam experimented with more than six ways to construct this model.
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