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Helicopter hauls equipment to roof

March 06, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

Perini Construction Inc. used a helicopter Monday morning to put needed equipment on the roof of the Wal-Mart Supercenter at the Centre at Hagerstown.

The S-61 helicopter from Carson Helicopters of Perkasie, Pa., made 36 trips to carry 36 pieces of air conditioning and heating equipment to the top of the building, said pilot Scott Taladay.

The building is more than 200,000 square feet, or about 5 acres, Perini superintendent Clyde Moser said.

The contractor used a helicopter instead of a crane because of the building's size and the time it would have taken to move the units, each of which weighed up to 3 tons, he said.

It would have taken a day and a half to move the parts with a crane while it took less than 90 minutes to move them with a helicopter, he said.

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The length of time required for each trip ranged from about 90 seconds to seven minutes, Taladay said.

The helicopter flew forward and backward as it moved the equipment, with five men on the ground helping the crew pick up each item. Carson Helicopters does these types of construction jobs all the time and just did some work on a building in Philadelphia this weekend, Taladay said.

It was the first time the Perini company has used a helicopter to move equipment, Moser said.

Perini began construction of the building in February 1999 and is scheduled to hand it over to Wal-Mart in April.

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