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Crews hoist 28,000 pound scaffolding in Seattle renovation

  • It required one of the largest scaffolding structures ever to be built
  • The halo-shaped, 28,000 pound construction was then raised up around it
  • It took a crew of 25 to lift the massive structure 400 feet to where it was needed

Construction crews hoisted a 28,000 pound scaffolding 500 feet in the air as part of remodelling of Seattle’s Space Needle

Construction crews hoisted a 28,000 pound scaffolding 500 feet in the air as part of a $100million renovation of Seattle’s Space Needle.

The landmark, which has vertiginous observation and restaurant decks, required one of the largest scaffolding rings ever to be built near the ground.

The 28,000 pound structure was then raised up around the giant structure. 

Crews spent a week building the halo-shaped scaffolding near the Skyline Banquet Facility about 100 feet up, Komo News reports. 

And on Friday night, a crew of 25 managed to lift the massive structure another 400 feet to its spot just below the Needle’s Tophouse.

‘This renovation project will be a giant game of three-dimensional chess,’ said Karen Olson, spokesperson with the Space Needle. 

‘Getting the elevated platform in place was our first big move. This hasn’t been done before. Our construction partners had to use a great deal of ingenuity and creativity to develop this plan. 

‘That plan – and great weather – allowed us to have a successful platform raising, which will allow us to remain open during construction.’

Crews will spend the next two weeks enclosing the scaffolding to protect construction workers against the weather. 

It’s all part of a $100 million renovation of the iconic landmark that will include floor-to-ceiling glass on the observation deck and a glass floor on the rotating restaurant deck. 

'This renovation project will be a giant game of three-dimensional chess,' said Karen Olson, spokesperson with the Space Needle

‘This renovation project will be a giant game of three-dimensional chess,’ said Karen Olson, spokesperson with the Space Needle

The landmark, which has vertiginous observation and restaurant decks, required one of the largest scaffolding rings ever to be built near the ground

The landmark, which has vertiginous observation and restaurant decks, required one of the largest scaffolding rings ever to be built near the ground

'Getting the elevated platform in place was our first big move. This hasn't been done before. Our construction partners  used  ingenuity and creativity to develop this,' she said

‘Getting the elevated platform in place was our first big move. This hasn’t been done before. Our construction partners used ingenuity and creativity to develop this,’ she said

Crews spent a week building the halo-shaped scaffolding near the Skyline Banquet Facility about 100 feet up and on Friday, the 28,000 pound structure was raised up 400 ft

Crews spent a week building the halo-shaped scaffolding near the Skyline Banquet Facility about 100 feet up and on Friday, the 28,000 pound structure was raised up 400 ft

 

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