The imposing machine was delivered by 40 semitrailer trucks, and assembly took around 4 days. The weight of a single crawler is still 60 tons, and a 250-ton auxiliary crane assembles the various components. The total weight of this colossus is 1300 tons including the many counterweights necessary to safely lift these heavy loads. The length of the cantilever is impressive at 144 meters, a huge difference compared to the tallest building in the Cantonal Hospital, Haus04, which is only 78 meters high.
The first, nighttime assembly work has already been carried out and proceeded according to the program. Michael Egger, as head of heavy lift logistics at EMIL EGGER AG, is pleased with the positive progress of this challenging work. “It’s great that we can also present our mega crane in St. Gallen for once, after we increasingly carry out corresponding crane operations of bridges and elements of up to 500 tons in the Central Plateau and especially in Western Switzerland. Our specialists such as crane operators and drivers are also happy to be close to home.”
Through this expansion OLMA Messen gains an additional area on which a new hall with 9000 m² will be built, which should be ready for occupancy in autumn 2023.