North Florida Steel Project // June 2015
Recently, Milton J Wood was awarded a multi phased structural steel project in North Florida. The project scope was to remove and replace two failing roof trusses over an active product line. In order to complete this scope of work MJW had to remove 319 concrete roof panels, nearly 100 severely corroded connecting beams, the building siding, all the sag and tension rods, and portions of the building columns. All of this was accomplished while the manufacturing process below continued to turn out the product.
During the process MJW proposed and was awarded the removal of a 55 ton Bridge Crane that had been sitting over the machine, broken down for over ten years. This crane weighed approximately 110,000 lbs, and had to be removed using a 550 ton Hydraulic Mega Wing crane sitting outside the building, nearly 70 feet away. To be able to remove the bridge crane MJW had to manually roll the crane 30 feet, support the bridge sections with structural steel, remove each of three hoists individually, cut the bridge in half, and lift each half off the crane rail and out of the building.
Thanks to Kenneth Downs’ leadership, planning and extremely skilled ironworker crew, we have been able to complete the first half of this project safely, on schedule, and under budget. We removed the bridge crane without any issues, all of the concrete panels have been demolished, and all of the structural steel has been removed. At completion, we will have demolished and installed over 75,000 lbs of steel.