This project required a replacement upgrade of all of the cooling systems including demolition of old structures, new piping, new steel platforms to support added weight, and a variety of updated equipment to better serve the data center. As the project site faced multiple access issues, Stevenson found Liebherr’s LTM 1300-6.3 to be the ideal crane for the job.
“The Server Farm Data Center had difficult site access issues where the north, south, and east sides were inaccessible due to underground utilities and elevated roadways. Another obstacle of this project were 40-foot-tall power lines running along the sidewalk that we needed to maintain a safe distance from,” said Stevenson’s Director of Business Operations Wesley Austin.
Located in a busy industrial park, the data center building is over 112 feet tall and required a reach of over 110 feet high. With careful consideration of the surrounding areas, it was important for Stevenson to set up in one location, making the west side the ideal option.
“Liebherr’s LTM 1300-6.3 gave us the best option for maintaining an optimal distance off the power lines, while still reaching all the areas needed from one location,” said Austin. “This crane also did not require a luffer setup which would have been less advantageous for a crane that will have to periodically perform work over the next several months.”
The LTM 1300-6.3 mobile crane is a 360-ton 6-axle model that can carry a 295-foot telescopic boom on public roads with an axle load of 26,450 pounds. This crane offers a versatile, economical, and compact option with a peerless telescopic boom length within its class.
As safety is a top priority with all Liebherr cranes, Liebherr-Werk Ehingen continuously develops new technologies to make further improvements to quality and safety. The focal points of the research extend from materials and design principles to control and monitoring systems.
Due to a high emphasis on safety on Stevenson project sites, the LTM 1300-6.3 mobile crane was an ideal choice as it features all of Liebherr’s latest innovative technologies to ensure safe and powerful crane operations including ECOmode, ECOdrive, VarioBasePlus, VarioBallast, Auto-Ballast, single-engine concept and windspeed load charts.
Stevenson also offers additional services including project management, parts and maintenance service, new and used equipment sales, as well as equipment planning and engineering services.
Although Stevenson has a large presence in the Midwest, the company also provides services across the nation. Their expansive fleet is currently equipped with 200 cranes of which all of the all-terrain cranes are Liebherr products. The company currently has 40 Liebherr mobile and crawler cranes within their fleet with many more on the way.
“Stevenson has been a loyal partner with Liebherr for many years,” said Liebherr Regional Sales Manager Erik Peterson. “They pride themselves on having the most modern fleet of cranes in the industry and they trust in Liebherr to provide that to them. When we introduce a new model of crane to the market, Stevenson is right there with us.”
Stevenson continually chooses to purchase Liebherr cranes due to the dependability of the machines and innovative equipment, new capabilities, and functionality that benefits tight access and tall structures of both urban-area and large plant industrial construction.
“Liebherr has been a steady partner we've been able to depend on for the full range of all-terrain crane needs. Loyalty is earned, and Liebherr continues to demonstrate why our relationship is well placed,” said Robert Stevenson, Vice President of Stevenson Crane, Rigging, and Heavy Haul.
Stevenson will take delivery of multiple new cranes at the end of 2023 and throughout 2024 at their Bolingbrook and South Holland locations including an additional LTM 1300-6.3 mobile crane.