Load-testing the 5-ton crane inside the LArTF

A technician from Sievert Electric is performing a required load-test of the crane inside the Liquid-Argon Test Facility. Photo: Dixon Bogert, PPD

Whittaker Construction Company, contracted to construct the Liquid-Argon Test Facility, and their crane subcontractor, Sievert Electric, have completed the installation of the 5-ton interior building crane. Following the installation, workers performed a required 125 percent engineered load-test to certify the operation of the crane, as shown above. Workers transported the load over the entire accessible region of the crane system. They also lowered the load about 57 feet to the lower lever of the LArTF and then lifted it back up.

Contractors have essentially finished the construction of the LArTF. Beneficial occupancy is expected the first week of May.

The lower level of the LArTF is essentially complete and ready for the installation of the liquid-argon refrigeration system. Photo: Cindy Arnold
The upper and intermediate levels of the LArTF are essentially complete and ready for occupancy. Photo: Cindy Arnold