Cranes are just one sign of a construction boom – but perhaps the most visible.
In recent months, a number of new cranes started to dot the Boise skyline, and more will appear soon.
One of the longest-running current cranes hangs over the Home2 Suites by Hilton and parking garage project at Front St. and 6th St. Clay Carley, whose company took the lead on the project, said the largest of all construction implements makes the job easier.
For tower cranes – the big semi-permanent ones, Carley said a number of factors dictate their use.
“The need for a crane is driven by height, weight of lift, and span,” he said.
“A multitude of factors come into play and the crane options are plentiful.”
Just this month, three new cranes went up. One, over the Gardner Co. project on Park Blvd. actually used a smaller crane to help get the larger one in place.
Two new cranes on opposite corners of the future Boise Caddis project also went up this week. That 8-story project will ad 174 housing units, plus a large 400-space parking garage.
This fall, work crews erected a crane for the nine-story 11th & Idaho building.
Plus, a large future parking garage project on the St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center also features a crane.
Carley said a tower crane will go up for his project on Grove St. this spring.
Several other projects on the drawing board could also need tower or other cranes, which could make crane spotting a popular outdoor activity this summer.
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