Back in April, we updated you on the 16th & Wewatta Hotel/Office Complex stating that construction has commenced. Developed by Continuum Partners, the 12-story, 200-room Kimpton Hotel and 5-story, 53,000 square foot office project now has a very tall, red tower crane on site.
Why such a tall crane? Luffing jib cranes, the one’s you typically see in tight urban areas, are significantly more expensive, and are typically in shorter supply around the midwest. Also, given the size of the site, this project would potentially need more than one luffing jib crane. That being said, a top slewing crane was erected. Because of the long boom, it has to clear its neighbors, The Platform and The Triangle Building, giving it a height of over 240 feet. Here are some photos of the crane I took with my phone last night.
That gives us a total of three tower cranes in the Union Station neighborhood with another one coming soon. It might be time for another census!