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Giant tower crane removed from Gresham High School construction site after months in the sky

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - A mobile crane lifts the operators cab off the giant tower crane. Gresham's skyline is missing something. That huge tower construction crane at Gresham High School that has hovered over the city since September 2018 was disassembled and carted off last week.

Huge pieces of the giant construction crane used in the first building phase of the high school were detached, strapped up and went gliding through the air as they were hoisted aloft by another crane, and placed gently on a series of big trucks.

The crane's dismantling took several days.

First a mobile crane had to be brought in and assembled. As the giant crane was taken apart, the mobile crane placed the parts on two waiting trucks. Then, the mobile crane itself had to be dismantled and driven away.

The big tower crane is thought to be the first crane of its size ever used in Gresham. It was taken down Friday, July 26.

Gresham High School, 1200 N. Main Ave., is being substantially rebuilt as part of a $291.2 million bond passed by district voters in November 2016.

Gresham High students have been attending the old school during the construction and will go to classes in the first phase of the 'new' building this fall.

The theater complex, which sits at the corner of Main Avenue and Division Street should be finished this winter.

The demolition of the old main entrance section of the building is scheduled to begin in next week.

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - This is the big tower crane looming over the Gresham High School. It was needed because of the tight quarters for the first phase of construction at Gresham High School.

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - The cab is placed gently on a truck to be whisked away.

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - The operators cab is moving off what remains of the tower crane.


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