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Raimondi LR273 cranes deployed on major North American project

The Raimondi LR 273 cranes in action.

Two Raimondi LR273 luffing cranes have been deployed on The United Building in Toronto, North America’s largest heritage retrofit.

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Deployed by Avenue Building Corporation for the construction of Toronto’s landmark development, the two LR273 cranes will get to work on the 55-storey condominium that needs to preserve elements from its 1928 construction and 1961 expansion.

“Avenue Building Corporation is adding another significant project milestone to our site portfolio by renting these two Raimondi LR273 luffing jib cranes to EllisDon, contractor of the project and international leader in construction services,” said Jim Patullo, President, Avenue Building Corporation. “The versatility of the Raimondi LR273 makes it one of the bestselling cranes for jobsites of this nature in the region.”

Installed between December 2023 and January 2024, the two 18t-luffers are currently onsite at a height of 60 and 54m with jib lengths of 45 and 50m respectively, and a tip load of 4.50t.

Equipped with an 86kW hoisting gear, the LR273s lift at a maximum speed of 204 metres per minute and have a drum capacity of 980m, boasting excellent lifting performance.

“With the project preserving the 10-storey existing facade, along with its structural steel retention systems, 75% of the jobsite space was already occupied,” said Patullo. “We carefully evaluated both of the crane positionings to ensure maximum site safety and efficiency.”


Patullo added that the small out-of-service radius, 16m and 17m, and the ease of installation of the LR273 due to the model’s weight optimisation, were key features considered during the site planning phase.

The Raimondi LR 273 cranes in action.
Image: Raimondi.

The wide swing angles of the LR273 allow for greater site coverage, coupled with the superior machine performances in terms of lifting capacity, also played a significant role in the deployment of this specific luffing model.

“Witnessing the participation of our models on such a prestigious jobsite highlights the reliability and high performance of our luffing range, reaffirming Raimondi’s commitment to delivering excellence in every product we manufacture,” said Luigi Maggioni, Raimondi Group’s CEO. “Raimondi technology not only enhances productivity, but it also ensures precision in even the most challenging environments.”

Scheduled to be onsite for several years with varying timelines, the cranes will be internally climbed to reach final heights of 65m and 195m respectively.

Located along University Avenue, at the intersection of Toronto’s primary cultural, institutional, and retail hub, the high-rise mixed-use development will include modern residential units and commercial spaces.

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