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The 26th floor houses a water tank with a volume of 230m3. Today, this water tank serves as a buffer in case of fire.
About 180 000 bolts and 340 000 rivets were used in the construction of the steel frame.
Currently the lower part of the building has 13 elevators, while the tower itself has two.
The KBC Tower is frequently cited as 'the first skyscraper of Europe'.
About 4 700 000 bricks were used in the construction.
On January 6 1945, the tower was hit by a V2 rocket. Just like with the shell strikes previously, this did not damage the steel construction, but made a big hole in the façade.
The foundation of this building is a reinforced concrete plate, with a thickness of 2m under the tower and 1m elsewhere. This plate was placed on a first concrete base plate, required for equalization of the ground surface.
About 500 tons of steel was used in concrete.
The building was 87.5 meters high when it opened. In 1976 another 8.5 meters were added to the top.
The first time in Belgium steel was used in a building for the frame construction.
About 7000 m³ ground was excavated.
When finished, there were four elevators in the tower, which had a speed of 1.5 m/s and could transport all together about 10 000 people a day.
The building's elevators typically travel at a speed of between 1 and 2.5 m/s.
Foundation pressure under the harshest conditions, amounts between 3.4 kg/cm² and 4.1 kg/cm².
The roof required 900 m² or 6000 kg of red copper.
In 1981 the building became a National Protected Monument.
For the steel frame, which took about four months to be built, about 3400 tons of steel was used.
From September 5 to 7, 1944 about 50 shells from German artillery hit the tower.
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