Construction of the Ice Palace took sixteen days and 125 skilled tradesmen and women to complete. The Palace weighed approximately three million pounds and required four feet of soil to be removed down to bedrock and a 16” concrete slab poured to level and support the structure. With the help of several large construction cranes, the ice foundation’s cornerstone was laid and the Palace rose one ice block at a time. LED lighting systems were installed as soon as the Palace’s buttress walls and towers were set in place.
Watch the entire 2018 Ice Palace construction in 90 seconds.