A crisp December morning in Midtown, 34° F, calm winds, is exactly what the crew of Enclos superintendents, engineers, and Local 580 Ironworkers had ordered. At 7:30 am, the team gathers in preparation to execute a plan that was months in the making. The challenge: lifting a 44,000 lbs metal- clad wedge known as Apex 1 to 1,100´above Midtown Manhattan, and ultimately into its final crowning position at 1,050´ atop Jean Nouvel’s 53W53 tower. Due to its size, Apex 1 was shipped from Texas in two preassembled sections, merged on 53rd St, and staged for its big day.
NEW YORK, NY
Enclos crews safely install the 44,000 pound Apex 1 atop Jean Nouvel’s 53W53. The monumental capping at 1,100´ above Manhattan required intense coordination, communication, and precision.
First things first—SAFETY. The crew rallies to discuss the plan for rigging, lifting, installation, and communication between crew members on the ground, 77-stories up, and in the crane operators booth. It is a highly choreographed sequence with no margin for error. Safety; stretch; now time to get to work