360 STATE STREET PROJECT “JUMPS” TO NEW PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION
(7/2/2009) Today marks another milestone in the construction of the 360 State Street Project, as the $180 million, 700,000 square foot mixed-use development prepares to start erecting steel on the base structure.
Preparations began yesterday evening when the electric cable was extended and assembly of the jump frame of the crane was begun and will be completed this morning.
The jump frame is two pieces attached to the side of and wrapped around the tower. The crane lifts itself up on the jump frame and slips in a 20 foot section of tower. This will happen four times - four sections will be added for a total of 80 feet. Once all of the sections are up, the crane will lower the jump frames and they will be ready to start steel erection on Monday.
This jump brings Suffolk Construction workers to the first elevation, where the crane will have to be braced to the building in order to move up from here. This jump will allow for steel to be erected to at least the 14th floor before the next jump. The actual “jump” will take around 11:00 a.m. this morning.
The State Inspector of Elevators and Cranes will be on site to ensure that all State guidelines are followed. The City Fire Department will have a fire and rescue crew on site as a precaution, and the City Building Official will also be on site.
Becker + Becker, the developer of 360 State Street, anticipates that second shifts on construction will begin in about a month. The project is estimated to be completed by September 2009.
New Haven is currently experiencing an unprecedented building boom with 2 million square under construction or recently completed worth a $1 billion and with almost half a million square feet estimated to start construction later this year.
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