Hotel crane is City's biggest
According to city spokesperson Ric Barrick, this crane that just went up over the Landmark Hotel construction site on the Downtown Mall is the biggest one ever involved in a Charlottesville construction. Naturally, with the news of the collapsing cranes in New York still fresh in our minds, we wondered... is it safe?
"Our understanding is that the cranes that have had problems in New York were not free standing as this one is," says Barrick. "They attached to a building and the collapses, according to the hotel contractor, happened when they were adding parts or taking away parts, an operation not required with the different type of crane involved with the Landmark."
Barrick says the big crane will be certified by the contractor today, and that an independent firm will inspect the crane next Monday and again in three months.