South Plains Mall has been a fixture of our community since its opening in 1972 and is currently owned by Macerich of Santa Monica, CA. Unfortunately, after a winter storm dropped over 10” of snow, a section of the roof, in the middle of the mall, collapsed. Repairs to the collapsed area would be a collaborative effort between Interstate Restoration of Ft. Worth, TX, Build Rite Construction of Lubbock, TX, and Marks Crane and Rigging of Lubbock, TX. Extraction of the collapse was much easier than completion of the repairs, as the engineering team decided to bolster that section of the structure. A complete repair required the installation of beams that were 68’ long weighing 130lbs/ft @ a radius of 242’. To accomplish this, the GMK6400 needed full counterweight and 256’ of luffing jib. Placement of the beams was done at night while the mall was closed to ensure safety.
I wanted to recognize one of your crane operators (David Clark) that set in place the rain water tanks last week for Excell. Not only is he a great operator but his positive attitude made an impression.
Those guys [the MCR crew] are very professional in what they do. They did everything asked and were very safe at doing it. I had a lot of comments from HES and upper management on how they handled themselves. I would like to thank you and the crew that you send me for making my job just a little easier.
We have been using a 300 ton all terrain crane to erect 290′ self supporting towers. I understand that many outfits do not max out their tip height very often and that Marks is likely no different. That said, the crew that was at the South Plains II Wind Project did an outstanding job of helping us erect our structures. They were prompt, professional, and most importantly, safe. We ran into some adverse ground conditions during the early stages of this project and Marks was able to work through them to help us meet our deadlines. I would recommend your service to anyone and look forward to working together in the future.
I wanted to let you know the great job that Justin Moffett has recently done for us. We had a relatively difficult lift of a 50,000 gal tank in Lubbock, TX and ran into a few site and logistics issues. Justin was able to go back to the site with one of our techs in order to take additional measurements and modify the lift plan to allow the lift to proceed safely and as scheduled. Without Justin’s flexibility and intimate knowledge of the crane capacities, the lift would have had to be postponed.