Foundations installed for record-breaking Ferris wheel
A Grove GMK6400 crane has been on site in New York City helping build the foundations for one of the world’s largest Ferris wheels.
The structure - called the New York Wheel - will stand 630ft tall when it is completed on the northern shore of Staten Island.
It will have 36 pods, each holding up to 40 people on the 38-minute ride. Wheel design and manufacture is by Mammoet-Starneth, the project civil engineer is AKRF, the architect is S9 Architecture/Perkins Eastman and the construction manager is Gilbane.
The project’s contractors used the GMK6400 the installation of four steel pedestals that weigh 96 tons each and serve as the foundation. The team chose the 450 ton all-terrain crane for its capacity and maneuverability on the site, as it had only one week to perform the lifts.
The crane was provided by New York Crane & Equipment, which also contributed engineering services on site prior to each lift.
City officials expect the New York Wheel to bring more than three million visitors to Staten Island per year after it opens to the public in early 2018.
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This article was published on 19 Apr 2017 (last updated on 19 Apr 2017).