Forum Interactive Survey: Help Us Count Cranes!

By on July 13, 2017

by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL

We’ve decided that  it’s time for some summer fun for readers of An audience participation exercise if you will. We need your help to count and photograph all the tower cranes in our region.

Click here to participate in the survey and upload your photo.

Our quest for summer silliness began when a friend and reader of the newsletter noted an article in the Seattle Times which stated that Seattle topped the nation in the RLB Crane Index for the number of tower cranes at 57.

She wrote: “It talks about the building boom and huge number of construction cranes in Seattle and then names the number of construction cranes in a number of other U.S. cities. St. Louis isn’t even mentioned and I know there have got to be more cranes in the Central West End and Clayton than in some of the cities they mention. So I got curious. Is there a resource that would allow me to know the census of construction cranes in St. Louis?”

So what is the RLB Crane Index, and why aren’t we in on it? RLB is Rider Levett Bucknall, an international project management and quantity survey firm based in the UK. RLB has worked on everything from Buckingham Palace to the Sydney Opera House. The firm has a large U.S. presence. RLB does  “Crane Index” reports in markets all over the world. After all, that’s what they do every day — COUNT.

So why don’t WE count, while Phoenix, with five cranes, made their index?  The reason is simple: STL wasn’t included in the survey sample. Click here to download the report.

While the St. Louis Business Journal publishes its “Crane Watch,” which is very helpful, that effort is more about very useful project data.

We just want you to show your pride! As we understand the “rules” RLB only counts tower cranes. So if your company is working on a project with a tower crane, or if there’s a tower crane that you drive by all the time that you like, please snap a cellphone photo and post your submission. We will publish it and you will win… nothing.

But you’ll forget about the heat for awhile and have fun doing it. That has to COUNT for something!


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