Delicate Job Needs the Big Guns

Closing down main streets, liaising with nearby residents and working with police and city councils to get a job done is all in a days work for the Gold Coast team

18 Jan 2013
 

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We had to ensure each piece of the old and new units were a certain size and weight – at times the crane was close to its maximum lift capacity

A recent project for iconic Surfer’s Paradise hotel the Crowne Plaza, saw the AE Smith team utilise a 350 tonne crane to install a new PowerPax chiller on top of the 24 storey building.

But the large equipment required a sensitive and delicate approach to ensure the job could be completed safely.

“The team had to ensure each piece of the old and new units were a certain size and weight – at times the crane was close to its maximum lift capacity,” says Service Supervisor, Stephen Leake.

The twelve hour job saw a 4am start, with the old unit decommissioned and removed piece by piece from the roof via the crane.

Transporting the new water-cooled chiller took seven separate crane lifts to the top of the hotel building.

“The new chiller was installed in various sections in much the same fashion so we could fit it back through the same louver and also work within the crane limits by reducing weight,” adds Stephen.

The AE Smith team were then on hand to assemble and arrange the commissioning of the PowerPax chiller.

Meantime, in Brisbane, AE Smith recently worked to close one of the busiest street in the CBD to replace a chiller on top of the Theiss building.

Coordinating with the Southbank Corporation, Brisbane City Council and several contractors, the AE Smith team facilitated a seamless installation via crane.

“It was a great example of team work,” says Brisbane Service based Project Manager, David Kratzmann.