Potain Self Erectors Put Delayed Project on Schedule

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Two Potain self-erecting cranes helped turn a three-week weather delay into an early completion on a project at Cedarville University in Ohio. The 6.6-ton HDT 80 cranes played a central role in the construction of the $16.5 million Health Science Center, which will house the nursing and pharmacy programs at the University.

 

The cranes were rented from Capital City Group by main contractor Danis Builders LLC. The project originally called for a standard fixed tower crane, but Danis chose two self-erecting cranes instead.

 

Keith Jenkins, sales and marketing manager at Capital City, said the HDT 80 cranes were the perfect choice because of their simple transportation, fast erection times, and comparative money-saving costs.

 

“The self-erectors didn’t need foundations or much land preparation,” he says. “They can be transported at 50 mph on one truck and erected and ready to work in no time. Benefits like this, on a project with a tight budget and an even tighter schedule, made them an ideal choice.”

 

The three-story building was constructed as a cast-in-place concrete structure, so the cranes lifted a variety of materials including rebar, forms and concrete. To get the job back on track, the cranes utilized their full-length 147-foot jibs and lifted maximum loads of 6.6 tons.

 

The HDT 80s were supplied with height adjustable cabs. This option proved particularly advantageous as the mast-mounted cabs gave the operators a choice of vantage points and improved visibility over the expanse of the project.

 

Potain’s HDT 80 self-erecting crane is designed for rapid erection and flexibility. It is transported on an integrated carrier and includes a three-section telescopic mast.