Harkins Builders, a Mid-Atlantic construction management company headquartered in Maryland, recently completed the Strata Flats at Four City Center, a luxury 5-story mixed use building project in Allentown, PA.
This project was located on a street corner in a dense urban area. The footprint of the structure itself left little room for additional equipment or anything else. Harkins needed to lift materials, appliances and hardware to various working heights, and to transport waste back out of this multi-story building. This posed a significant challenge due to:
- Extremely limited working space outside the footprint of building was too small to accommodate a standard construction elevator or lift.
- The wood frame structure was unable to support the pullout force of larger construction elevators and hoists. The tie-backs into the building required for a larger hoist would have required removal of drywall and de-construction that the tight time schedule would not allow.
Project Managers Len Oteri and Bill Janes contacted Beta Max, and after discussing the project with Account Manager John Dillon, turned to the Beta Max MC2500 Material Hoist to solve this lifting problem. The MC2500 has a small base footprint of only 84” x 97” and is relatively easy to install with simple tie-ins and much lower pull-out force than larger 6000 lb. hoists. In an interview after the job was completed, Bill said “The key features of this product on this project were the small footprint and the low pull-out force of the tie-ins.”
Harkins Builders was able to rent the MC2500 through Safway Services, who offer both rentals and sales of the Beta Max line. Safway provided Harkins with a complete solution package that included the hoist rental, full installation and take-down, as well as onsite service. “Safway was great with it. They came out and evaluated the site, did some engineering to be approved by our engineering people for the tie-back, and they were out in a couple of days to install it. We were figuring 2 days for install and 2 days for breakdown but it was only one day for install and one day for removal…”
Harkins used the hoist to transport materials to corner balconies on the building to bring the needed materials in and take debris out. Bill added, “It (the MC2500) has worked out great. The subcontractors couldn’t get enough of it and it cut down on their labor costs…great product. We will definitely be planning to use Beta Max again on future projects.”