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AmQuip Provides A Taste Of The High Life

AmQuip was approached in early 2014 for a hoisting solution on the new Comcast Building in Philadelphia. The task was to use our luffing tower crane to help build the concrete core. That was easy enough, until we were told that we had to internal climb the crane. The customer did not want the tower sections extending to the base of the building so they could start to enclose the lower floors. We could do that by climbing in the core, no problem. Then the big surprise, there is no room for the crane inside the core. The available space was already taken up for the forming system and concrete placing boom. So the obvious question was where can the tower crane go?  The only option was outside the core.  Some research was done and a photo was presented to AmQuip with a crane mounted outside the core used in another country. The problem was these cranes were much smaller than what we had proposed for the Comcast project.  At AmQuip, the "Answer is Yes" is one of our moto's so we set about to solve the problem.  AmQuip retained Howard I. Shapiro & Associates to design the support structures for the crane.  AmQuip fabricated all the exterior support structures along with all of the large internal bracings in AmQuip's Birmingham, Alabama facility. At this writing, the crane was erected and we have completed one jump as shown in the photo. There will be a total of 9 jumps and at the completion of the jumps, the tip of the crane will be over 1,100 feet above street level.

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