The Hive Residences is a 256-unit apartment complex that will comprise two identical properties with multi-family units and retail space. It is classed as an urban “infill” project that aims to reduce urban sprawl by redeveloping vacant land within an existing neighborhood. The project’s design and location in the city’s historic district posed challenges to traditional stick-build contractors. Quality Buildings was selected as the subcontractor for framing, largely due to one equipment choice it factored into its estimate: a Potain Igo T 130 self-erecting tower crane.
“There really was no other piece of equipment that would work,” said Elmer Zook, president at Quality Buildings. “With the tight jobsite environment and the limited laydown space for supplies, we erected the tower crane in the middle of the building. That allows us to service the entire construction site from a single location. We can offload supplies from trucks parked along the street and place at the exact location on the building where it is needed.”