Vulcan: Villa Rica

Vulcan Materials Company is the nation’s largest producer of construction aggregates—primarily crushed stone, sand and gravel—and a major producer of aggregates-based construction materials, including asphalt and ready-mixed concrete.  Vulcan produces these materials from natural deposits such as granite, limestone and trap rock. The quarrying process typically begins with drilling and blasting the rock into smaller pieces. Next, the material goes through various stages of crushing and screening to produce the sizes and specifications desired by our customers.

Vulcan has 44 aggregate and crushed stone facilities in Georgia alone and Phoenix Crane works with at least 10 of them in the Greater Metro Atlanta Area throughout the year.  The reason we do so much work with quarries in general is that their equipment wears out on a regular basis.  Individual components of the all-steel cone crushers, impact crushers, screens and sand-making machines can weigh from 1,000 to 100,000 pounds!  Our cranes are often called in to do the heavy lifting as Vulcan’s crew changes the parts out.

Marietta National Cemetery

Marietta National Cemetery is located half a mile east of central Marietta, Georgia, and 20 miles northwest of Atlanta. Burial sections are laid out to follow the site’s undulating topography in shield, circle, oval, and crescent shapes, while views of Kennesaw Mountain, Stone Mountain, and the city of Atlanta provide scenic backdrops, creating a picturesque memorial to America’s fallen military veterans. The cemetery features a monumental stone archway (one of only five in the national cemetery system), several distinctive memorials, and a stone boundary wall that dates to the early 1870s.

Because the cemetery is so old, so are some of its trees!  We were called by


Movie Set in Loganville, GA

In the last several years, Georgia has provided many incentives for TV & film production to take place here, now bringing in over $7Billion each year to the state’s economy.  Georgia’s Entertainment Industry Investment Act provides a 20 percent tax credit for companies that spend $500,000 or more on production and post-production in Georgia, either in a single production or on multiple projects.  Lucky for us, that means our cranes and operators get to spend more time on set doing things like pulling a Georgia State Penitentiary bus out of 40ft of water at an abandoned rock quarry in Loganville.  This project took only 3 hours to complete.

Clients’ Wishes

We can’t say which movie set and which scene this was from, but we’d imagine the final cut will be pretty cool!

Emory Bridge Dismantle

Just five days after the new Emory University Hospital bridge opened to pedestrians, the old bridge, which connected Clinics A and B to the hospital, was removed from service and taken down.  Clifton Road was closed for just over 48 hours while construction crews cut through the 30-year-old bridge and lowered it down in sections with the help of Phoenix Crane Rental. Construction workers removed 20,000 pounds of glass from the 90,000-pound bridge before lowering the sections into the middle of Clifton Road.

The old bridge, which was erected in 1987, was the main pedestrian thoroughfare between Clinics A and B, the hospital and the parking deck.  You can read more about the project, and view photos of our cranes at work here:

Ritz-Carlton Expansion

The Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead has long been a symbol of Atlanta’s  Southern hospitality and sophistication.  The hotel is one of the most ideally located Atlanta luxury hotels offering effortless access to the Buckhead neighborhood.  The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead features:

  • 510 elegantly appointed guest rooms, including 56 suites featuring bay window views of the city’s skyline
  • More than 23,000 square feet of function and meeting space, including two ballrooms
  • Convenient access to prestigious Buckhead shopping, cultural attractions and more

The Upgrade

After 33 years, the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead was excited to announce a $5M upgrade to it’s Café and Lobby Lounge in 2017, which will result in one new restaurant and bar, and an additional ballroom with outdoor event space.  Including the new ballroom and outdoor space, the hotel’s renovation-area is 15,880 square feet in total.

The Project

Phoenix Crane was first on call to assist Bardi HVAC with the installation of 6 commercial HVAC units.  Bardi has been a long time customer of ours and we are pleased to continue the great teamwork we always experience between our crews.  Shell McElroy was the General Contractor.

Kirby Family Farm

In 2011, Daryl and Tracy Kirby made the decision to purchase 174 acres of land in Williston, Florida with the intent to build an educational outreach organization called the Kirby Family Farm.  The vision was to erect an area where children of all ages could have a unique place to visit and learn about yesterday, while preparing themselves for the future. First, they rescued a historical locomotive that dates back to the late 1800’s. Lovingly restored by volunteers, that abandoned train is now the centerpiece of Kirby Family Farm giving rides to thousands of children and guests each year. As Kirby Family Farm develops, terminally ill children, special needs children, foster children as well as other at risk children continue to be a special focus of our organization.

How We Got Involved

When a local theme park in Atlanta was dismantling an older section of its park, Daryl was referred to Phoenix Crane to do the tandem lift of the 60,000lb.  “Galleon” Pirate Ship ride.  This project took over 10 hours from start to finish, with a 70 ton Linkbelt HTC86100 and a 40ton Terex T340-1XL.  Once the ship was dismantled, it was loaded onto a flatbed and transported to its new home in Williston, Florida.

Georgia National Cemetery

The Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA is open to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.  The land for the cemetery was donated by land developer and World War II veteran, Scott Hudgens.  J. M. Wilkerson Construction Company, Inc., of Marietta, Ga., was awarded the construction contract in December 2004. In addition to an entrance area, an information center, administration and maintenance building, public restrooms, flag plaza, shelters for committal services, the project includes a total of 33,000 full-casket gravesites, 3,000 in-ground sites for cremation remains and 3,000 columbaria niches for cremation remains.

The 2016 Columbarium Addition

In November of 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs and General Contractor Osprey Management of Sandy Springs started work on a new Columbarium in the cemetery.  Together with North Georgia Grading, Phoenix Crane’s 275ton Linkbelt ATC3275 assisted with setting large concrete chambers weighing 31,000 each into pre-dug compartments in the ground.

Turner Field Sign

When the Atlanta Braves decided to move from Turner Field to SunTrust Park in Cobb County, a decision had not yet been made on what would happen to the old stadium.  Yet the announcement came in August of 2016 that Georgia State University would purchase the field for use as its new football stadium.   The school officially took ownership of Turner Field on December 31st, with plans to demolish and renovate the property in time for the opening of the Fall 2017 season.

Taking Down the Sign

Phoenix Crane was called to take down the iconic letters in the Turner Field sign on July 5th, 2017.  Richard Elliot, a reporter with local news channel WSB-TV was live on the site taking video and talking about the history of the field.  While most Atlantans are sad to see Turner Field go, many are excited for GSU’s project and what the new football stadium will provide for the area.  The school allows the public to keep track of the new field’s progress HERE.  No word yet on what is happening to the letters.

SunTrust Park Billboard

When the Atlanta Braves moved from Turner Field to SunTrust Park in Cobb County in 2017, we were delighted to take part in the final phase of construction.  On February 10th, 2017, J-Mar Craneworks requested two of our Linkbelt ATC 3275’s to assist in lifting the new billboard at Circle 75 Parkway and Harodian Way, visible from I-75 South.

On March 8, 2017, construction camera provider OxBlue released a time-lapse video of SunTrust Park’s construction. The high-definition time-lapse movie was produced using over 203,000 images taken by three cameras over a 21-month period.

Opening Days

The Braves received the certificate of occupancy for the entire ballpark on February 24, 2017. With seats, video boards and most other elements already installed, the sod was one of the last missing pieces of the new ballpark. Workers began the installation of 109,000 square feet of sod on March 4, 2017, a task that took two to three days to complete.  The first game in the new park was held on Friday, April 14th, 2017 and was met with enthusiasm.  Photos of the festivities can be viewed HERE.