News Published on May 20, 2020
Big red crane is leaving the building
It was hard to miss the big red crane at the Redstone Gateway construction site before COVID-19 hit. The 1.5 million-pound steel workhorse was scheduled to leave Alabama this week after completing a job that was much more complicated than it looked.
“It’s one of the larger cranes we have in our fleet,” Micah Butler of Maxim Cranes said, describing the Manitowoc 18000 crawler with a 180-foot-long boom. “We have one other type of crane that’s twice as large and typically used on big stadium projects, but this is probably the biggest one you’ll see in this neck of the woods.”
Greg Hall hated to see the piece of construction equipment, commonly referred to as “the big red crane,” leave the site because it attracted a lot of attention for the new 468-acre office park at Redstone Gateway. The crane was used for the tilt-wall construction of Redstone Gateway 8000, a 100,000-square-foot speculative building with no named tenants yet.