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Twin Hoists and Lego Blocks

From the corner of State Road 535 and Kyngs Heath Road in Kissimmee, two giant tower cranes dominate the sky above a Hardin Construction Co, LLC jobsite. The location is home to what will soon be an 11-story Embassy Suites Hotel owned and managed by California-based Sierra Land Group. On a Thursday morning, employees from Sims Crane worked on behalf of Hardin Construction to assemble a Champion dual car hoist. The personnel and materials lift will make it a little easier for workers to transport the needed equipment to complete the project.

    The sun was just rising when Barry Davis, Clint Walker and Tommy Wright arrived. Walker was behind the wheel of a drop-deck trailer that carried all the parts needed to assemble the massive hoist. Everything from counterweights, to building gates, to wall ties, and the cathead were piled high on the back of the trailer. Soon CCO Tylor Wielepski also arrived on the scene. Throughout the day, he operated the 30-ton Tadano mobile crane that lifted the sections of the hoist.

 

             As Davis and other personnel took measurements to find the right spot for the base of the hoist, Wielepski stretched out the boom of the mobile crane until it reached 78 feet. Wright dressed the hook with chains and nylon straps while Walker prepared to rig the base.
    It didn’t take long before a succession of parts started flying high above their heads. Davis and Wright received each section and began the process of bolting them into place. Like Lego blocks that can easily be assembled and torn down, the hoist is put together piece by piece. First the base, then a 10 foot section of tower, followed by counterweights, the first car, the second car, the tower, “tie backs”, the cat head, and building gates. It’s late afternoon before the twin hoist is completely assembled and waiting to be used.
     The $51.7 million building dubbed Embassy Suites Orlando-Lake Buena Vista South is slated to open in the fourth-quarter of 2012. According to the Orlando Business Journal, the building is expected to house 300 suites and more than 25,000 square feet of meeting space.  




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