A super-sized crane hoisting a new air conditioning chiller unit into place at Brewer Middle School this past Sunday drew a crowd of people watching from the parking lot. The crane, which reached a whopping 307 feet into the air required special clearance from nearby NAS JRB Fort Worth.
“I was a little concerned about the low clouds and fog early this morning,” said operator Bob Franklin. “We had to file some paperwork to make sure they were aware of this tall structure near the flight line.”
The operation, which took only minutes for the crane to put the 12,000 pound unit in place, took nearly 12 hours from the time the crane traveled to the school from Irving.
“It takes several hours to set up this crane,” said Franklin. “We used about 220,000 pounds of counterweight to offset the 193 foot reach.”
Once everything was in place, the cloud-reaching crane brought the nearly 20-year-old unit to a flat bed trailer and the new chiller was set in place which will be made operational when the students return from spring break vacation.