After multiple coordination meetings with the Grand Belmont team and crane subcontractors, Lewis has successfully erected a tower crane onsite this past Saturday, May 19th. The crane stands over 120 feet tall with a max pick capacity of 17,640 lbs. Coordination consisted of air rights agreements with neighboring businesses, site logistics phasing for the erection day, and a site-specific safety plan for all involved parties that day. Safety Coordinator Darren Rommel was a major factor in the success of this entire operation and went above and beyond in making sure that all aspects of this process went as smoothly as possible.
The day began at 5am with the mobilization of a very large mobile crane that was used to piece the tower crane together throughout the day. “Staging of the crane included tower sections, the slewing ring (gear & motor), counter jib, jib, and counterweights. The large Lewis sign was installed while the counter jib was at ground level. Coordination with staging required a temporary street closure on Yamhill in order to lay out each part of the crane. The day ended with the last crew rolling out of the site around 6:30pm.
With the tower crane now onsite, productivity levels will increase as well as material storage and containment. Since the site is in such a confined space, logistics has been one of our main challenges. The tower crane will eliminate the need to use a forklift for picks and every inch of the site is fair game for laydown. The Grand Belmont team is excited to use the momentum of the crane to finish off the rest of the footings and pour slab on grade in the coming weeks!