First pieces of giant crawler crane arrive at Vikings stadium construction site

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 30, 2014 - 11:05 PM

The 400-foot crane rising at stadium project is one of a few in North America.

The scene-stealer rolled in on a flatbed truck Monday to the set of the biggest production in downtown Minneapolis this summer.

The Terex Demag CC 6800 crawler crane will command the stage later this month when it’s fully erect at 400 feet. The height is needed to lift the massive steel trusses to their resting spot about 300 feet above the ground, where they will hold up the roof of the new $1 billion Minnesota Multipurpose Stadium.

Only a few similar crawler cranes exist in North America. The crane’s 8-foot-high base was being assembled Monday when the base of the crane, which holds the computerized control center, rolled in. The crane will take three weeks to put together, arriving in 69 trucks from a storage facility in Lakeville. Its pieces are assembled on the ground, then raised vertically, ready to pick up a 350-ton piece of steel.

“We’re going to crank up the burner here pretty quick,” site general superintendent Dave Mansell said of the project as he looked out over the 400 workers in the pit. By fall, at least 600 workers will be on the site. By spring, that number will nearly double.

The crawler crane — booked a year in advance by Mortenson Construction — is the biggest Mansell has worked with. It will be on the site for a year with a rental fee of more than $300,000 a month, said Mansell, overseer of all the workers on the site for 12 hours a day.

“I [have] never worked on a project this big, so it’s all cool,” he said.

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and Mortenson Construction held a news conference to showcase the arrival of the crane’s pieces, allowing cameras and reporters to the edge of the site. For perspective, the stadium, set to open in 2016, will be 300 feet tall — about the height of the cranes on the site now.

Unlike the five big cranes already erected, the 6800 crane can move — at 1 mile per hour — like a military tank.

The husk of the stadium is starting to form, with the crane arriving through a concrete tunnel into the bowl of the construction site. The crane’s placement has been meticulously planned so it won’t collide with the five cranes already on the site.

“We’re pretty confident we know what we’re doing,” Mansell said. “Not arrogant-confident, but confident.”

And if the crane goes in the wrong place? “It won’t matter, because I won’t be here; I’ll get the hook,” Mansell said with a laugh. “It will be someone else’s problem.”

The five smaller fixed cranes already on the site are run by a worker who climbs up to the top in the morning and back down at night. (A bucket handles the duty when nature calls.) The 6800 crawler crane is run by a worker in its computerized operating booth 22 feet above ground.

Rain can’t stop crane

Facilities Authority Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen called the crane’s arrival a big day and said construction is 10 percent complete.

The stadium project is to be done in time for the Vikings’ 2016 season.

Mansell wasn’t as excited about the crane as he was about the weather. “It’s a good day; it’s not raining,” he said.

But the downpours of late haven’t been a problem. “More rain, you get more pumps. You can’t wish it away,” Mansell said with a shrug. “We’re not sugar lumps. If you can fish in the rain, you can work in the rain.”

Well, not entirely. Work on the cranes stops when winds hit 30 miles per hour and/or lightning fills the skies.

  • related content

  • A crew guided the arrival of the control cab of the largest crane that will be used at the site of the future stadium.

  • Dave Mansell, the general superintendent of Mortenson, watched as the largest crane was being hauled into the construction site of the Vikings stadium, Monday, June 30, 2014 in Minneapolis, MN. ] (ELIZABETH FLORES/STAR TRIBUNE) ELIZABETH FLORES • eflores@startribune.com

  • Construction crews began assembling the 8-foot-high base that a 400-foot crane will sit on at the site of the future Minnesota Multipurpose Stadium. The crane itself, arriving in 69 truckloads, will take three weeks to put together.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

San Francisco - WP: M. Bumgarner 8 FINAL
Pittsburgh - LP: E. Volquez 0
Minnesota 10/2/14 7:25 PM
Green Bay
Buffalo 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Chicago 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Cleveland 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
St. Louis 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Atlanta 10/5/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Tampa Bay 10/5/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Houston 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Dallas
Baltimore 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Indianapolis
Pittsburgh 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Arizona 10/5/14 3:05 PM
Denver
Kansas City 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
NY Jets 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Diego
Cincinnati 10/5/14 7:30 PM
New England
Seattle 10/6/14 7:30 PM
Washington
Washington 1 FINAL
Buffalo 6
Carolina 3 FINAL
Columbus 6
Pittsburgh 2 FINAL
Detroit 0
Montreal 3 FINAL
Chicago 1
Arizona 2 3rd Prd 1:03
Edmonton 3
Fla Atlantic 10/2/14 6:00 PM
FIU
UCF 10/2/14 6:00 PM
Houston
Arizona 10/2/14 9:30 PM
(2) Oregon
Louisville 10/3/14 6:00 PM
Syracuse
San Diego St 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Fresno State
Utah State 10/3/14 9:15 PM
(18) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(12) Miss State
Ball State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Army
Iowa State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(21) Oklahoma State
Marshall 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Old Dominion
Southern Miss 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Middle Tennessee
(20) Ohio State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Maryland
Purdue 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Florida 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Tennessee
SMU 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(22) East Carolina
Virginia Tech 10/4/14 11:30 AM
North Carolina
Eastern Mich 10/4/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Texas 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Indiana
Massachusetts 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Tulsa 10/4/14 2:00 PM
Colorado State
New Mexico 10/4/14 2:30 PM
TX-San Antonio
(3) Alabama 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(11) Ole Miss
(14) Stanford 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(9) Notre Dame
(17) Wisconsin 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Navy 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Air Force
(7) Baylor 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Texas
(4) Oklahoma 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(25) TCU
Wake Forest 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(1) Florida State
NC State 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Clemson
Buffalo 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Bowling Green
Ohio U 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Central Mich
Oregon State 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Colorado
Vanderbilt 10/4/14 3:00 PM
(13) Georgia
Kansas 10/4/14 3:00 PM
West Virginia
Kent State 10/4/14 4:00 PM
Northern Ill
South Alabama 10/4/14 5:00 PM
Appalachian St
Texas-El Paso 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
(15) LSU 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(5) Auburn
UAB 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Ky
Texas Tech 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(23) Kansas State
Michigan 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Rutgers
Hawaii 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Rice
Toledo 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Mich
ULM 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Georgia State 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana
Idaho 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Texas State
Memphis 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Arizona State 10/4/14 6:30 PM
(16) USC
So Carolina 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Kentucky
Pittsburgh 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Virginia
Miami-Florida 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Georgia Tech
(19) Nebraska 10/4/14 7:00 PM
(10) Michigan State
UNLV 10/4/14 7:00 PM
San Jose St
Ga Southern 10/4/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
Utah 10/4/14 9:30 PM
(8) UCLA
Boise State 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Winnipeg 10/3/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Edmonton 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Toronto
Brt Columbia 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How will the Vikings do Thursday in Green Bay?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close