Skyscraper Cranes Remain Steady During Storms

Posted at 4:46 PM, Dec 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-23 17:46:18-05

With the chance of severe weather in the area, there was concern about construction cranes in downtown Nashville.

What happens to all of the cranes being used in new construction, when possible tornadoes are approaching?

R.C.Mathews Contractors is one of two companies working on the new 505 building going up at 5th Avenue and Church Street.

NewsChannel5 spoke with the project manager who explained, there's nothing to worry about.

“They should not be concerned because the crane structure, the crane foundation, are designed, basically under the same guidelines that buildings are designed around, the international building code,” he said. “And in that building code are wind loading and seismic loading guidelines that the designers of those cranes and the foundation must adhere to.

“So for instance, if a crane has a capacity of 20 thousand pounds, that crane structure will be designed to pick up at 20 thousand pounds, along with any wind or seismic loading, that would be put on that structure.”

The 505 skyscraper,  will serve as a 45 story residential tower and should be completed by December of 2017.