I was going to try to come up with some sort of dad joke-like title for this post (Tower Cranes in Vegas = Jackpot -or- Tower Crane Count in Vegas is Scorching) but I just don't have in me right now. That said, I do have a few cool pix to share, particularly regarding the MSG Sphere, so let's start with that. Before looking at the pix below, keep in mind the following stats that I picked up from this article at casino.com:
View from the adjacent Venetian parking structure. Not sure which of these was the fourth largest crawler crane, but they are both huge.
These crawler cranes act like mobile luffer tower cranes. I assume they used mobile cranes because the size of the dome necessitated repositioning.
A view of the beast from the bottom. I found it odd that they needed to place the crane tracks on dunnage given the incredibly hard nature of Las Vegas caliche soil (ya, I just went full geotech nerd on you.)
View from the entrance to the Venetian Convention Center. Notice the soon-to-be-completed enclosed elevated walkway to the MSG Sphere that ducks just below the elevated monorail.
Oh yeah, there were also some other tower cranes that were infinitely less cool than these crawlers.
Two luffers at the Venetian. By now it should be completely clear that there is a lot of work going on at/around the Venetian Hotel.
The last crane I saw was this tower crane working on a ho hum renovation project at the Hilton Grand Vacations time share.
While the crowds on the strip were a bit rough (Seriously, who takes little kids there? And who pays to have a picture taken with someone wearing a soiled Spider Man costume? Actually, never mind, I would prefer not to know.), but it has been years even before COVID that I had been down there and I was glad I got to see the MSG Sphere under construction and I'm intrigued to see a show there when it is done.
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