All Industrial Services Inc. of New Jersey| 190 Boundary Rd, Marlboro, NJ 07746
quote@rbaker.com| 732-222-3553|         
 
All Industrial Services Inc. of New Jersey| 190 Boundary Rd, Marlboro, NJ 07746
quote@rbaker.com| 732-222-3553|         
190 Boundary Rd, Marlboro, NJ 07746 732-222-3553
asset recovery, rigging team with sling and interior demolition

Counting Cranes to Forecast Construction Growth

Construction Crane NYC

Cranes are a familiar sight in New York City and other urban areas, and people who depend on the construction industry for our livelihoods, like those of us at R. Baker & Son, tend to be particularly tuned in to just how many fixed cranes are visible in the city skyline. The more we see cranes rigging steel beams to the top of a skyscraper, or debris being rigged to the ground from a building under demolition, the better the outlook.

Rider Levett Bucknall, a construction project management and consultation firm, publishes the RLB Crane Index, a biannual report on the number of fixed cranes on construction sites in in major North American cities. There is plenty of data available that can be analyzed to measure the pace of the construction industry, but cranes that are visibly rigging materials on a worksite are tangible representatives of ongoing construction activity. By physically counting all fixed cranes in each city’s skyline, in combination with other collected data, the RLB Crane Index can quantify the gathered information into a metric that is widely used across the industry as an accurate indicator of current pace. North American cities included in the RLB Crane Index are Austin, Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Denver, Hilo, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Maui, New York, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Toronto, Tucson, Waikoloa, and Washington, DC, as well as St. Lucia in the Caribbean. 

The most recent RLB Crane Index published July 2018 shows that the majority of cranes are currently being used to build new homes. Of 421 cranes in active use in North American cities, 305 (or 72 percent) are engaged in residential and mixed-use projects. In New York, cranes increased from 18 to 20, which RLB attributes to new projects coming online at a steady pace. Eleven of the NYC cranes are mixed-use developments, three are in transportation, and three are in the commercial sector. Toronto leads the market with 97 cranes, and construction activity is expected to continue to increase in that city. 

About R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services, a  Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB)  in business since 1935, is a premier specialized contractor operating in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, with over one hundred employees and an exemplary safety record (we have been directly involved in four sites that received VPP OSHA Safety Awards). R. Baker & Son is financially strong, with bonding capabilities over $10 million. Capabilities include industrial and commercial demolition, rigging, machinery- and plant-moving, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and equipment relocation, interior demolition, selective demolition, warehousing, wrecking and razing, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, salvage, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, and investment and asset recovery.

R. Baker & Son - All Industrial Services
190 Boundary Road
Marlboro, NJ 07746
732-222-3553

http://rbaker.com/

Full News Archive

2022

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

Recent News

 Sweeping Compounds for Cleanup of Demolition Dust, Dirt, Silica, and Other Particulates
Cleanup of Demolition Dust, Dirt, Silica, and Other Particulates

Demolition is a dirty job that can produce layers of dirt, dust, and silica that settle on floors and other flat surfaces. There are various techniques and equipment such as misting cannons,...
Rigging equipment, rigging hook, NYC
Auger and Centrifuge Rigging Project

An existing customer called R. Baker & Son needing assistance with rigging equipment duringtheir facility’s annual cleaning and maintenance project. The manufacturing plant was set up for...
Cooling Tower Dismantling Project
University Cooling Tower Dismantling Project

A large Staten Island mechanical contractor contacted R. Baker & Son to remove a 1,000-ton cooling tower at a university to make way for a new high-efficiency tower and filtration system. The...
Danger sign for rigging, dismantling & demolition site
Rigging, Dismantling & Demolition Project Safety

Safety is the number one priority on every R. Baker & Son project, from dismantling, rigging, and demolition, to plant decommissioning, plant relocation, and environmental services. Safeguards...
construction worker performing a multi heat exchanger changeout 
Baker Performs Multi Heat Exchanger Changeout

Back in early 2021, R. Baker & Son took part in a food manufacturing construction project in which we performed rigging and assembly of six large, high-pressure steam ovens over a ten-week...
Pre-construction, tablet on table of demolition contractor
Preconstruction Services or Precon

The goal on every construction, renovation or demolition project is to have experienced, reputable contractors bid the project competitively. Preconstruction services, often referred to as precon,...
Asset Recovery: Refurbished Parts and Equipment in High Demand
Asset Recovery: Refurbished Parts and Equipment in High Demand

With supply chain shortages and inflation continuing into 2022, the demand for reconditioned parts and equipment is on the rise. Investment recovery, also known as asset recovery, of aged equipment...
Generator Replacement
Weekend Standby Generator Replacement

A large laboratory and office complex needed to replace an existing standby generator with a new, larger 2000 kW unit with associated automatic transfer switches and day tank. The owner needed the...