Construction Milestone: Crane Removed

By Leslie Shepherd

How do you remove the tallest freestanding construction crane in Ontario, the one standing in the middle of the almost completed Peter Gilgan Patient Care Tower?

By bringing in the second-tallest mobile construction crane in Canada.

Photo by Tom Parker, Planning

Removing the crane is a big milestone in the St. Michael’s 3.0 construction and redevelopment project. — Mike Keen, chief planning and redevelopment officer

That’s what the Planning team did on March 3 and 4 to dismantle and remove the crane that arrived in early 2017 to help tear down the 17-story Cardinal Carter South stairwell. Demolition of the staircase was necessary to link the new patient care tower to the existing hospital.

“Removing the crane is a big milestone in the St. Michael’s 3.0 construction and redevelopment project,” said Mike Keen, chief planning and redevelopment officer. “It was standing in the middle of the new atrium, so now that it’s gone, the atrium roof can be completed and workers can fill in the floor at level 1, the large seating area adjacent to the new retail area.”

The mobile construction crane, rented from Forma-Con Construction, was parked on Bond Street, which was closed from the parking lot driveway of the Metropolitan United Church to Queen Street.

Over the course of the weekend, the crane swung over the Donnelly and Bond wings to remove the freestanding crane chunk by chunk. A smaller crane was used to deposit the pieces in a truck for removal.

The second-tallest mobile construction crane in Canada was brought in to remove the construction crane that helped tear down the 17-story Cardinal Carter South stairwell.

Rendering: An architectural rendering of the atrium in the Peter Gilgan Patient Care Tower. (Courtesy of NORR Consultants Ltd.)