A nearly 320-ton crane with a boom able to reach farther than a football field has arrived on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.
The crane signifies the next phase in construction of the Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute, as crews begin placing the 5,900 tons of steel that will be used to form the structure of the 168-bed hospital tower.
A Liebherr model LJ1300 crawler crane was delivered to the building site on Jan. 17 on 17 trailer trucks, and immediately assembled and placed the first steel beams on Jan. 20.
The crane, which will be used to erect seven stories of structural steel, will remain on the site for the next four months.
The crane features a multi-sectioned, rigging boom that can extend up to 322 feet and is capable of lifting up to 300 tons.
The largest steel component to be lifted by the crane is a single steel column that is two-and-a-half stories tall, weighing 61,000 pounds.
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. is the construction management firm on behalf of Scripps Health. McCarthy Building Companies Inc. is the design-assist general contractor and HOK Architects is the project architect.
The $456 million Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute is scheduled to open for patient care in 2015. The 383,000-square-foot building will feature 108 inpatient beds in private rooms, 60 intensive care beds, six operating rooms and as many as six cardiac catheterization labs.
The Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute will integrate the cardiovascular programs throughout the Scripps Health system and Kaiser Permanente.