Dawes Hoists a Few Thousand Pounds at Miller Park

There are 12 ounces in a bottle of Miller Genuine Draft, and 15,000 pounds in the Miller Park stadium sign. Guess which one recently needed the services of a crane to lift it? During this off season, a complete overhaul of the video scoreboard system at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, has begun. The job started with the removal of the familiar Miller Park sign that’s been in place since the original opening day, April 6, 2001. The $10 million project began on October 14, 2010, when a crane from Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental of Milwaukee, Wis., lifted the 15,000-pound, 15’x 75’ sign and its 17,000-pound steel frame from its place above the current scoreboard.

In doing so, Dawes made room for a new state-of-the-art scoreboard system that will include a built-in Miller Park sign. With four locations in Wisconsin, Dawes is a member of the ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. Family of Companies, based in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Miller Park project is being overseen by general contractor Mortenson Construction, Minneapolis, Minn., with J.P. Cullen & Sons, Janesville, Wis., performing the installation and rigging.

Dawes’ Grove GMK 6350, a 350-ton all-terrain crane, was positioned in a parking lot outside the stadium for what is known as a blind pick. The crane, outfitted with a 196-foot boom and 62-foot jib, had to clear the 140-foot-tall center field roof of the stadium and reach 50 feet inside to the lift area. The operator relied on riggers and the signalperson/flagger to guide the pick. The Dawes team successfully engineered the lift using the web-based 3-D Lift Plan application.

The blind pick could have been a problem, but Dawes provided the right crane for the job and an expert operator. “It’s another example of how we make projects easier for contractors and help make them more productive,” says Kirk Williams, Dawes sales representative on the project.

The new 6,000-square-foot scoreboard system in center field will become the third-largest video board in the major leagues--and a home run over the center field wall for Dawes.