Pearl Street is closed at Monroe Avenue NW, tentatively until Monday, Feb. 25, as Gelock Heavy Movers remove the old cooling system on McKay Tower and help replace it with a new one.
Jeff Smoes, cranes operator for Gelock Heavy Movers, said the team could potentially finish the project on Saturday, Feb. 23 if the wind cooperates.
“Otherwise, we have permission to close the street until Monday,” he said.
The crane Smoes operates weighs 265 tons and reaches 197 feet, with an extension of 86 feet.
Chaundra Derks, director of operations of Steadfast Consulting and Investments, LLC that owns the building, said they are placing the new cooling system on the roof.
Owners of McKay Tower, located on the corner of Pearl Street and Monroe Center NW, are remodeling the top floor of the building into apartments. Other parts of the building are rented to various businesses.