Grove GMK6400 Lays Foundation for World’s Largest Ferris Wheel

A Grove GMK6400 is being used to install four steel pedestals weighing 96 tons each which will be used as the foundation for one of the world's largest Ferris wheels in NYC.

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Construction of one of the world’s largest Ferris wheels is underway in New York City, and a Grove GMK6400 has helped contractors to build its foundation. The structure—dubbed the New York Wheel—will stand 630 ft. tall when it’s completed on the northern shore of Staten Island.

A team of contractors used a GMK6400 for the project’s most critical phase: the installation of four steel pedestals that weigh 96 USt each and serve as the Ferris wheel’s foundation. The team chose the 450 USt all-terrain for its capacity and maneuverability on the job site, as it had only one week to perform lifts for the project.

The crane was provided by New York Crane & Equipment, a Maspeth, NY-based company that also contributed engineering services on the job site prior to each lift. City officials expect the New York Wheel to bring more than 3 million visitors to Staten Island per year after it opens to the public in early 2018.