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Crane Construction at Tiffany’s

Nov. 11, 2020

When NYC space constraints limit crane construction options, we set our sights for the sky! At Tiffany & Co.’s new flagship store on Fifth Avenue, McLaren’s construction engineering division applied an innovative solution to support the luxury brand’s 8th, 9th, and 10th-floor vertical renovation project by bringing the crane to top of the building!

Our team engineered the lift of an LTM 1130 mobile crane onto the roof of Tiffany’s utilizing a giant 500-ton Liebherr LTM 1500 crane. The fully assembled LTM 1500 (utilized the y-guy superlift kit) required eight trucks delivering over 363,800 lbs of counterweight, so McLaren’s construction division also provided the crane engineering for a Tadano TR450XL that assisted in putting the LTM 1500 together. With time and budget in mind, we provided crane plans, permitting, and the structural engineering necessary for the lift itself and to support the crane once placed.

“It’s a place where so many have memories of important moments in their lives, filled with emotion and anticipation of the extraordinary. Tiffany’s newly transformed flagship will reflect the future of our brand, while honoring our 183-year legacy.”

The LTM 1130 (130-ton crane) weighing approximately 205,000 lbs, fully counterweighted, was lifted seven stories over the streets of Manhattan to begin work on the newly reimagined, three-story glass-walled addition that will sit atop the existing seven-story limestone-and-granite historic building.

“The Tiffany & Co. Fifth Avenue flagship is arguably one of the most beloved and well known luxury retail spaces in the world,” Reed Krakoff, Tiffany & Co.’s chief artistic officer, said in a press statement. “It’s a place where so many have memories of important moments in their lives, filled with emotion and anticipation of the extraordinary. Tiffany’s newly transformed flagship will reflect the future of our brand, while honoring our 183-year legacy.”