December 10, 2022


Anything but ordinary

Crane ‘flies’ over New York City street to land atop Tiffany & Co. construction project

Longtime New Yorkers like to quip that they can location the travelers a mile absent: They are the types with the crooked necks, from gawking at the towering buildings earlier mentioned them.

But even the most jaded locals had motive to elevate their eyes to the concrete heavens a short while ago. In point, they had two, when a single large crane lifted yet another, flew it 7 stories by way of the air and deposited it on best of the legendary Tiffany & Co. setting up in midtown Manhattan.

The smaller sized absolutely counterweighted, 205,000-pound LTM 1130 crane was used constructing a a few-flooring, glass-walled addition that will crown the current limestone-and-granite historic setting up that Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard designed even much more famed in the 1961 movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Courtesy of Orange County Ironworks


To place the LTM 1130 in location, New Jersey-based McLaren Engineering Group leveraged an even greater crane, the 500-ton Liebherr LTM 1500 – a piece of equipment its maker offers is the “most profitable large crane of all time”— and 363,800 lbs of counterweight ballast.

But that crane had to be assembled at avenue level ahead of it could elevate the extra diminutive LTM 1130 into location.

In order to do that, McLaren said it experienced to place alongside one another seven crane programs for the undertaking, developed rigging to raise the crane, intended rooftop dunnage to aid the crane on the roof, and analyzed the setting up for imposed masses, which named for the reinforcement of existing setting up columns to have the body weight.

During the prebid system, McLaren labored with the contractor, Orange County Ironworks, vetting a geometry and ability checks notion for the cranes and then a preliminary glimpse into setting up reserve ability.

“McLaren worked with Orange County Ironworks taking area, time and spending budget into thing to consider, to build unconventional solutions of crane engineering to determine out how to work in New York City’s restricted making house constraints,” explained Jon T. Skinner, vice president of construction engineering at McLaren. 

The whole procedure not only helped the undertaking operate in just the tight confines of midtown, it also alleviated the need to prevent get the job done at the site during the holiday seasons late previous year. New York Metropolis prohibits cranes and get the job done in the streets in most places the week starting prior to Thanksgiving until right after the starting of the new calendar year. Receiving the rooftop crane in spot allowed Orange County Ironworks to proceed uninterrupted by the vacations, conserving time and hundreds of thousands of pounds on the job, according to McLaren.

The lesser crane has due to the fact been properly returned to the ground.