Crane erected on College Hill to help build Brown Performing Arts Center

PROVIDENCE – A 200-foot construction crane was erected over the weekend, the most visible sign yet of progress on the new Performing Arts Center at Brown University.

The performance hall will include a 625-seat symphony orchestra hall. The crane, erected over three days, will assist in the installation of a concrete foundation for the new facility, as well as the steel framework.

It is expected to remain in place for 14 months and is clearly visible from downtown Providence.

The crane came in 24 pieces, in 12 trailer loads, according to Mike Kotuby, a senior superintendent for construction manager Shawmut Design and Construction.

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As part of the safety protocols, the crane will not swing any load over public walkways.

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