The first of the three 38-story Amazon office buildings topped out a while back, but the crane was still working to deliver exterior siding and rooftop materials for a few more weeks. Yesterday, though, it started coming down.
And, as you might guess, taking 40 stories of crane is a lot of work. Today, they got it down to about floor 30, and then spent most of the afternoon taking off one of the braces that had stabilized the crane bolted to the building’s core. Here’s what that crane stabilization looks like, in two views. The first is how it looks when they first attach it to the building core:
And then as the floors get built out and the exteriors are put on, the crane seems to be just hanging off the glass, but we know it’s not because of that previous image.
Yes, that’s a worker up there, he had just climbed out the building onto the crane by walking on those struts. Eventually four workers climbed out and up several floors to where the next part of the crane was going to be detached and lowered.
Just looking at these people working that high up, so exposed, kind of made my stomach flip-flop a few (dozen) times.
After about an hour of prep, they slid out one section and carefully lowered it to the ground, where it looked like this:
And then they do it again. And again. And again. I could watch them all day except that I actually have a real job and it doesn’t involve me documenting crane deconstruction. More’s the pity.
(For you crane fanatics, see the bottom of this piece and the bolt holes? Then look at the top of the frame and see more bolt holes. Yep, that’s all that holds a crane together, along with the struts. So respect the crane next time you see one!)