Raimondi cranes help build apartments near Yorkdale Shopping Centre

A Raimondi crane on a jobsite in North York

JESS Equipment has supplied two Raimondi flat-top tower cranes to a residential rental development across the street from Yorkdale Shopping Centre in North York, Ontario. 

JESS Equipment is the Canadian equipment management company that operates under the Straw Construction Group.

The two Raimondi cranes were selected due to the jobsite’s dimensions and the project’s tight completion deadline that require a machine with significant hoist speed. 

“The decision to utilize these two Raimondi’s on this important project is based on the superior lifting capacity of the machines, as well as the fast lifting and loading speeds,” said Sante Paglia, director of JESS Equipment Inc.

The MRT234 delivers a maximum lifting capacity of 12 tonnes and is freestanding at a height of 35.6 metres.

The machine has been configured with a jib length of 48.4 metres and a tipping load of 5.6 tonnes. Equipped with a 55-kW winch and a drum capacity of 700 metres, the flat-top maximum lifting speed is 22 metres per minute.

The MRT294, which freestands at a height of 36.2 metres, is at work with a jib length of 42.37 metres and a 7.6 tonne tipping load.

The 16-tonne maximum lifting capacity crane is fitted with a 75-kW winch and 700-metre drum boosting a maximum lifting speed of 26 metres per minute.

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The machines had a staggered installation schedule, in line with the jobsite progress. Both cranes, erected by Total Crane Hoisting & Rigging, will remain onsite for a total of about 18 months.

“With the jobsite located in close proximity to Yorkdale Shopping Centre, one of the busiest centres in Toronto, as well as the Highway 401, one of the most trafficked highways in Canada, the biggest challenges of the project were to ensure smooth operations when accessing the site and to guarantee that the cranes do not swing outside the boundaries of the site,” Paglia explained.

Upon completion, the Fitzrovia Real Estate development will feature three contemporary towers hosting 760 residential rental units, commercial spaces and several modern amenities.

“Currently, we have seven Raimondi cranes within our fleet, all at work at different jobsites around the Greater Toronto Area,” Paglia said. “We are proud to participate in this landmark project by Fitzrovia and have utilized two of Raimondi’s heaviest lifting machines in order to ensure its successful delivery.”