For crane superintendent Eldon Ash and senior engineer Kai Farrar of Omega Morgan Crane Services Inc. and owner Kevin Koester of Apex Steel Inc along with engineer Ron Roberts, the engineering of the structural columns supporting the proposed 38-story office complex provided a challenge in ensuring the y-shaped columns could distribute the weight of every floor above evenly among the foundation while maintaining a 72-degree angle of installation. More than a year of planning, engineering, testing and simulations went into the design of the project, dubbed 2+U (2 and U for its location on 2nd Avenue and University Street) before ground was broken on site.
GCCOM Construction Company Inc. was charged with the task of dismantling the Bayonne Bridge Approaches with the help of rental equipment specialists, Lifting Gear Hire.The Situation
For Project Manager, Jason Schreck, and his company, GCCOM Construction Company Inc., executing the highest of safety standards is crucial to completing their latest endeavor – the demolition of the Bayonne Bridge Approaches – on time and on budget.
In March of 2015, a 135-foot long conveyor belt at a utility coal transfer facility along the Mississippi River caught fire. The fire buckled the tubular conveyor structure causing it to become unstable. A neighboring 130-foot steel transfer house, which was used to transfer coal from one conveyor belt to another had also caught fire and burned down. With the facility running at less than 50% capacity, Enerfab, Inc. was hired to remove the damaged conveyor tube and install a new one in May, a few months later.
With only one to four inches of clearance on top and only two inches on each side in order to effectively and safely slide the units, Calderone and his team knew it wouldn’t be easy.
R. Baker & Son was hired to lift a T-38 Supersonic Jet onto flight deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum using rented MODULIFT® MOD24 spreader beams and Lift-All polyester round slings from Lifting Gear Hire.The Challenge
The challenges involved were many. With a one-day turnaround, TJ and his workers had a delicate job to do in a short amount of time. The most challenging aspect came in the form of not damaging the plane in any way, shape, or form and to keep it level throughout the lift.
Hayes Mechanical installed new ductwork to reverse the flow of gases going through an existing electrostatic precipitator utilizing air chain hoists, trolleys, MODULIFT® modular spreader beams and rigging supplied by Lifting Gear Hire.The Challenge
Right from the start of the project, a few challenges presented themselves. The main issue being the existing precipitator structure which was directly over the ductwork that required the work. This prohibited the use of a heavy lift crane.
Dee Cramer, a sheetmetal and HVAC contractor in Holly, Michigan, was approached by the owners of Greektown Casino to place a steam boiler on top of their casino to provide adequate heating for their facility. The Detroit Field Superintendent, Chris Dufour, had 12 to 16 weeks to obtain his equipment, create a lifting plan, build the materials needed to place and secure the boiler above the casino, acquire safety engineering on the weights, ensure their welds were engineer-approved, truck the material down to the site, and lift it into place with a 500 ton crane. As challenging as that already sounds, it only began the long list of struggles the company faced in completing the job. The Lifting Challenge
Greektown Casino was a new customer for Dee Cramer, located right in the heart of Detroit. So, as with any major city, the biggest struggle came in the form of traffic.
Walsh Construction lifts and lowers 112’ bridge leafs on the Congress Parkway Bascule Bridge with rented air-powered winches, sheave blocks, and telemetry crane scales from Lifting Gear Hire (LGH). The Lifting Challenge
Rehabilitating and reconstructing a 60 year old bridge can sound pretty daunting, especially if it hasn’t experienced significant repairs since its creation. And that’s exactly what Walsh Construction had to do for the Congress Parkway Bascule Bridge in Chicago, IL.
Advantage Industrial Machinery Relocators Incorporated (A I M) was hired to complete the sliding of an electric fan motor. The Lifting Challenge
Several challenges presented themselves in the course of the project to slide the large electric booster fan motor. What made the slide very challenging was the fact that the slide had to be accomplished fourteen feet above the ground. That was the height of the pedestal that the booster fan motor would rest upon. They had to raise the trailer and then crib up the motor off the trailer to allow them to put the rails in place and slide it off the trailer onto the stand, all while elevated fourteen feet above the ground.
W.F. Magann Corporation rented a Modulift® modular spreader beam from Lifting Gear Hire and was able to fulfill their contractual obligations to delicately relocate the historical structure known as the Watch Box. The Situation
W.F. Magann Corporation was subcontracted by Summit Construction to assist in relocating the Watch Box, a historic structure at NSF Indian Head (a naval research facility in Maryland) that once guarded the Washington Navy Yard during the Civil War.
Danny’s Construction rented multiple air skates and a receiving tank from Lifting Gear Hire to move beams inside the Minnesota Timberwolves practice facility.
The new practice facility inside the existing Block E building of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx in Minneapolis required renovations to its structural foundations. So when the time came for building maintenance, they called upon Danny’s Construction to give the facility a little tender love and repair. Danny’s Construction had to remove some structural steel to install a new truss. To do this, they needed to put two W40x397 60 ft long transfer girders at each end of the building to transfer the weight from the area they were going to demolish. Sounds challenging enough already, right?
The Lifting Challenge
Despite everything else required to complete the job, other issues began to arise.
Clausen Structures was challenged to perform the setting of (2) 210’ x 14’8” pedestrian bridge spans, each weighing about 160,000lbs, in Peoria, IL over Knoxville Avenue. The bridge’s final landing place was between two sets of power lines. This was a two crane pick with one 500 ton crane and one 300 ton crane. The Lifting Challenge
This project created the challenge of placing these two spans between power lines, over a highway, within a 40 minute time window in the cold, snowy Midwest winter.
BMWC Constructors, Inc. (BMWC) was challenged to perform the setting of (2) 15’ x 52’ cooling tower unit sections within an active, working refinery. While being responsible for the coordination of a 550-ton crane, submitting an engineer lift plan for approval, as well as the site prep work needed to meet the project soil compaction requirements, BMWC was also responsible for the removal of the HVAC/scrubber units. BMWC ironworkers, carpenters, laborers and operators worked together to complete the project, while turning to Lifting Gear Hire for expertise in developing a lift plan and for supplying the appropriately sized, tested and certified lift equipment.
The Lifting Challenge
This project was a critical lift inside of an active refinery. The work had to be complete while the refinery day-to-day operations were still in effect without disruption and within a tight schedule.