Uplifted: Raising A Church Building And The Cranes That Make It Happen

16 September 2016
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Your church building fund has successfully reached its targeted goal. The contractor has been hired, the volunteers have been organized, and your entire congregation is excited to see the progress as its new church home becomes a reality. You may communicate the ongoing building process with your church members via social media, a newsletter, and updates from the pulpit. Bringing attention to the big milestones, big equipment, and big blessings along the way will help keep the congregation and community engaged and uplifted about the prospect of worshiping in their new church. Some of the most exciting events during construction are when the cranes the contractor rents are brought on the property to lift and position essential building components. Ideal for photo opportunities, the big equipment use marks important milestones toward the church building project's completion.

A Crane for the Basement and Foundation

A solid foundation is imperative for a church's beliefs – and for its house of worship. To build a strong foundation for the church building, precast concrete panels are often the material of choice. The panels are delivered on a large flatbed truck. A spectacular-looking, heavy-duty crane is used to set the enormous slabs in place. A professional crane operator and workers experienced in making sure the concrete walls are upright, plumb, and even are the crew responsible for getting the foundation (and basement) perfect for further building.

TIP: Use a telephoto lens to get great pictures of this activity because you'll need to stay a great distance away for safety's sake.

Cranes Used for the Walls and Roof

Depending on the architectural design of your new church, it's likely that one or more types of cranes will be used in getting the most visible portion of your church built.

Delivery truck cranes. Large pallets of lumber, brick, and sheetrock are off-loaded from the delivery trucks by cranes that are custom-built into the trucks.

On-site cranes. The general contractor may rent a modest-sized crane for multiple on-site tasks. These cranes may be used to re-position building materials for more convenient access by the construction workers. This type of crane is typically mounted on wheels to be driven to various parts of the property, depending on the task it must be used for next.

Cranes for metal building installation. If your church has opted for a pre-engineered metal building design, several different types of cranes will be brought onto the property to handle installation of the steel columns, the roof support system and the exterior wall panels.

A crane for roof trusses. For a traditional church design with a pitched roof, wood trusses must be lifted high and placed on the top of the walls. This type of work is accomplished with a crane that has an articulated arm that not only goes up and down, but also can be rotated for precise positioning.

TIP: Make sure that all church members are aware that they must stay off the building site at all times, especially when the heavy equipment is being operated. You may coordinate with your contractor to give tours for a limited number of interested persons – only at convenient times and with the proper safety helmets and precautions in place.

The Crane for the Finishing Touches

For a church with classic architectural features, lifting and positioning the steeple on top marks the final stage of construction. On other architectural styles, the finishing touch might be lifting and installing a sign, a statue, or a symbol to the rooftop. When the arm of the crane used for this last part of the construction project is lowered, and the featured item has been safely secured to the structure, it's time for the entire congregation to celebrate.

For more information on cranes and crane rental, contact a company like A C Jones Trucking Inc.


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