CEI Trims Akron Skyline with Huntington Bank Antenna Teardown
Western Reserve Public Media is the largest Public Broadcasting Service in Ohio, reaching 5.13 million viewers across Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania with its high-quality, noncommercial television programming.
The Customer Need
Western Reserve Public Media needed to remove its 120-foot-tall radio antenna from the Huntington Bank building on South Main Street – the tallest building in downtown Akron at 322 feet. With the antenna no longer in use, Western Reserve Public Media had been losing money by keeping it around.
Due to the weight and height of the antenna, it would be a challenging process to take it down. That's when Canton Erectors stepped in.
- Project coordination between multiple parties
- Millwright services for heavy equipment moving
- 600-ton crane
Why pay for a radio antenna that is no longer being used? Western Reserve Public Media no longer needed the Huntington Bank antenna due to the new one they built in Copley.
The CEI team began preparing last fall, having to coordinate the project with other renovation projects happening on Main Street in downtown Akron. The crew was comprised of four CEI crew members, but the entire project included about 20 people to ensure safety of the building structure and all involved.
“This project posed a unique challenge for our team, but one that we were excited to take on,” said Canton Erectors President Brian Selinsky.
Instead of removing the radio antenna in one swing, the best approach was to remove it in two pieces. CEI utilized a 600-ton crane to take down the 6,500- and 10,000-pound sections of the 8.25-ton antenna. With the set up and teardown of the crane itself, the project took a week to complete; however, the antenna only took one day to be removed.
“We always strive to develop a project plan that meets the needs and timeframe of our customers,” said Selinsky. “With this project, our team went above and beyond to exceed those expectations.”
The initial project was estimated to cost $250,000 but totaled less than half of that at $100,000. Ultimately, saving Western Reserve Public Media more money than originally estimated.