Crews choose Maeda mini-crane to execute indoor aquarium job

Construction crews working on a new sea lion display at the Georgia Aquarium praised the effectiveness of Maeda mini-cranes in helping them carry out a large-scale remodel in difficult conditions.

The 600,000-square-foot Georgia Aquarium is the largest in North America, and crews from contractor Brasfield & Gorrie were looking for a way to remove large structural components without cutting a hole in the wall to bring in a large crane.

Maeda's MC 405 CRME mini-crane was able fit into a freight elevator and save the crew further demolition. The 54-inch wide mini-crane has a 67 foot, 10 inch maximum lift height and 8,400-pound maximum capacity despite being able to fit into just a 20- square-foot area. Its dual-power engine is also well-suited for projects like the aquarium job, since it was able to drive into place on fuel then switch to electricity once indoors.

“We are gutting an existing space which is below grade,” project superintendent Todd Hamby said. “This includes elevated concrete slabs and structural steel that was part of the original display. It would have been a lot harder without the Maeda. The schedule is pretty aggressive on this project and we have been able to get a few days ahead with the help of the mini-crane."

Contractors extended all five sections of the MC 405 CRME's telescoping boom to move structural components weighing up to 5,400 pounds.

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