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From the video vault: erecting a tower crane

by Joe Zekas on 5/7/14

Tower cranes, the most important element in building a high-rise, are popping up all over downtown Chicago.

If you’ve ever wondered how a tower crane gets to rise to its commanding height, we’ve revisited our video vault to satisfy your curiosity.

McHugh Construction, the general contractor for the recently-completed K2 Apartments, is one of the nation’s most experienced contractors and McHugh’s organizational and planning skills make the complex task of assembling the tower crane at K2 appear routine.

The machinery may dominate the broad picture, but machines couldn’t build a high-rise without the muscle, skill and precision teamwork of crews from multiple trades, including the iron workers who assemble the tower crane.

You can get a more detailed look at Local 1 iron workers at work on the crane’s assembly in the following video from K2:

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