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Small spaces call for mini crane in Toronto condo construction

Toronto's largest construction project still needed some help from a mini crane

December 4, 2020  By Jay Koblun

A MC285-2 was used on The Well project in Toronto. Submitted photo

The Well will be Toronto’s first true mixed-use project. Avenue-Verdi JV Inc. rented a Maeda mini crane from Canadian rental company Tri-Crane and hoisted it onto the roof to help reach tight spaces a tower crane could not.

Tri-Crane supplied a Maeda MC285-2 to help in the construction of one of the largest recent construction jobs in Toronto that will be used as a condo, office space, public spaces, rentals, and retail shopping.

The Well is located in close proximity to some of Toronto’s best attractions, entertainment, transit options and green spaces. Image:

“We supplied the mini crane for the project,” said Jason Hanna, president of Tri-Crane. “The contractors put the crane in a very tight space to lift their forms in and out of areas that couldn’t be accessed by the tower cranes. That’s why a mini crane was the best choice.”

The project’s website says this one-of-a-kind development will accommodate the modern workforce, elevate the city’s retail experience and provide an array of housing options for young professionals, retirees and growing families alike.


Safety and supplying the right crane for the job was Tri-Crane’s priority.

“We had discussions with our customer about what they were trying to do and what type of crane they needed. We said, ‘Hey listen, we’ve got the perfect machine for you.’ It ended up being one of these mini cranes,” said Hanna.

Benefits of a mini crane

Tri-Crane’s customer had Hanna’s team down to see the project and asked what they could rent that would be the perfect fit for the task at hand.

“They needed help putting the forms in place and we helped solve the problem with the mini crane,” he said. “There are many reasons to use a mini crane. This specific crane is compact enough to walk through a single man door, the customers had this crane on a mezzanine where there was hardly any space for anything else in there.

“This crane also has several different positions available for your outriggers so, if you’re in very, very, tight quarters, you don’t have to put the outriggers out all the way. There are multiple positions available.”

The Well will have three million square feet of retail, office and residential space over 7.8 acres in Toronto’s King West area. It will also have 420,000 square feet of retail and food services while also housing 1,700 residential units.

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