With most projects, there is usually an activity, design detail or construction method that has to be worked out. I know what the end result is to be but may not know exactly how we are going to get there. That is what keeps this type of work interesting. I am amazed at what we accomplish as a team.
One of those activities was the installation of a 14,000 lb or 7 ton columbarium into the memorial garden that I designed and am in the process of constructing. As we did not have good access into the space, the 7 ton piece of granite was to be lifted above the surrounding building and placed on the concrete footing.
The manufacturers of the columbarium unit arrived in town the night before. The crane arrived early the next day and began their set up.
The granite unit was strapped with belts that wrapped around to the top. Once the crane was ready, it latched onto the hook and began to raise the unit above the building.
As the columbarium was lowered in place, the guys manually rotated and pushed the unit to align it and center it into the memorial garden.
Within a few hours, the crane was retracted and gone. The 7 ton columbarium unit was installed.
Now, we are ready to proceed with the remainder of the project… masonry, irrigation, planting and lighting. I’m sure there will be another task that we will collaborate on how to accomplish but none quite as dramatic.