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University of Minnesota

When the University of Minnesota began work on constructing a new $96 million combined Heat & Power Plant, they knew they’d need a reliable partner to conduct heavy transport of large objects from one place to another – and there’s no better company to serve the Golden Gophers than Vic’s.

We were contracted to transport a 225,800-pound General Electric natural gas-fueled combustion turbine from an over-the-road transporter to the power block. Additionally, we installed 10 Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG) boiler modules (with some weighing up to 100,000 pounds) through the roof of the plant.

After the combustion turbine was offloaded, we transferred it by crane to one of our Goldhofer trailers. From there, a 550-ton hydraulic crane hoisted the turbine to our slide track system and jacked the turbine to its foundation pads. From our extensive fleet of equipment, we selected a Manitowoc 440-ton lattice boom crawler crane to successfully set all of the HRSG modules in a confined work site. Utilizing a slide track for those module installs, the crane lowered them onto its platform and slid them down to the final location. Once in place, hydraulic jacks lowered them to the foundation and the install was complete.

From a heavy transport to the heavy lift in a confined work space, Vic’s came through with a job well done.