Tower Crane to be Removed Feb 9 - 12

Jan. 24, 2017

Tower Crane to be Removed Feb 9 - 12
A rendering of the exterior of the ISB

ST. LOUIS - The tower crane, which for the past six months has become a fixture on the Webster Groves horizon as it lifted heavy materials in place for Webster University’s Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISB) project, will be removed in early February.

Work crews will disassemble the crane starting Thursday, Feb. 9, with the last piece being removed on Feb. 12. For safety reasons, Parking Lot K will need to be closed during this time. The Priest Building also will need to be closed Feb. 11 and Feb. 12.

“I know many on campus have marveled at the size of the crane as well as watching the operator occasionally walk the span from time to time, but we no longer have a need for it,” said Craig Miller, Sr., director of Facilities Planning and Management. “The deconstruction of the crane will be another significant milestone in this project, as it will mark when the majority of the ISB’s enclosure systems are installed and a lot of weather sensitive interior work will be commence.”

Currently, some of the work has moved indoors, with crews installing drywall, door frames, and mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems. Some exterior work, such as the installation of building enclosure systems and site utility work, is continuing, but that work no longer requires the assistance of the crane. The crane needs to be removed because it is scheduled to be shipped to another job in Texas and because site utility work at the north side of the building needs to occur soon.

Just like when the crane was first erected, numerous trucks will arrive on site to remove components of the tower crane. A smaller mobile crane also will need to be temporarily set up in Parking Lot K to assist with the disassembly of the Tower Crane. As a result, this will require all of Parking Lot K to be closed to prevent damage to automobiles or injury to pedestrians. The drive off of Big Bend that leads to Parking Lots K and J will remain open, and the contractor will provide a flagman at this drive to control the flow of traffic. 

The parking lot will be closed early in the morning on Feb. 9 and will not reopen until the afternoon of Sunday, 12. All automobiles owned by students, faculty and staff should be moved to another parking lot on campus by Feb. 9. The Priest House will need to be closed on Saturday, Feb. 11, and Sunday, Feb. 12, as some large pieces of the crane will be hoisted over the building. Faculty and staff in the building have been informed of the closure, and signs will be posted to let students know they will not be able to access the building on those days.

Construction of the ISB is expected to be completed during the summer, but that will be followed by a period of having furniture and equipment installed along with moving faculty offices from Webster Hall to the ISB. The building will open to the community in the fall of 2017.

For more information about the ISB, or to learn more about the construction, visit


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