Raimondi Luffing Jib Tower Crane Helps Build Toronto Condos


Nov. 29, 2023 - Canadian builder Avenue Building Corporation has relied on a Raimondi LR273 luffing jib tower crane to help build condos in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The new residential high rise is going up in the city’s sophisticated Bloor Yorkville area. 

“The Raimondi LR273 is one of the best-selling models in Canada for this type of development, especially in major metropolises like Toronto,” said Jim Patullo, president Avenue Building Corporation. ”High-rise buildings are in increasing demand and swing rights are an issue; making this crane an apt on-site asset.” 

“The features of this versatile machine, including the [short] out-of-service radius and the ease of its internal climbing, allow us to install the luffer on several zero-lot-line projects,” Patullo added. 

He noted that the same luffing model was used for construction of the first Nobu Residences and Hotel in downtown Toronto, which had similar requirements. 

Located in a congested area, 55 Charles Condo is surrounded by several other high-rise developments.

Installed in February 2021, the 18tn maximum lifting capacity crane is at work with a 40m (131’) jib, clocking in at 15m (49’3”) out-of-service radius with a tip load of 8.20t (3.0 USt) in UltraLift. 

Erected on a 6 GR6L tower sections on a concrete pad in the below-ground parking at level 4, the 36m (118’) tower height has been climbed off internally for the past two years until reaching the final height of 167m (548’) above the ground level.

Sitting now on the roof, the LR273 is approaching the final stages of the project, with the expected dismantling date scheduled for December 2023. 

“Another asset of this luffer is the ability to promptly switch from two falls to four falls and reverse, allowing to lift large generators, air handling units, BMUs, and more without any downtime,” said Patullo. “This ensures that the developer gets its necessary equipment in place cost-effectively and quickly.”

Patullo added that, equipped with an 86kW (115 hp) hoist, the LR273 can lift at line speeds to 204 meters (669’) per minute and have a drum capacity of 980m (3,215’) for excellent lifting performance that helps meet deadlines.

He also noted that the crane is very easy to assemble and has excellent lifiting capacity. 

“Our fleet currently counts seven Raimondi cranes, all deployed across different sites in Toronto, and we are pleased to anticipate that two additional LR273 luffing jib cranes will shortly go up in another key development of the city,” said Patullo. 

Upon completion, 55 Charles Residences, a project of MOD Developments, will add 665 residential units to the neighbourhood, contributing to the dynamic and ever-evolving landscape of central Toronto.


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