Giant Steel Truss Being Put into Place at U of M

One of the largest steel trusses ever to be installed in the province will go up Thursday morning at the University of Manitoba.

Pembina Hall, the new U of M residence building, will see 60 tons of steel erected at 6:30 a.m.

The piece of steel measures 160 feet long, 17 feet high and eight feet wide. It took eight days to be fully assembled on the ground, and includes six individual pieces.

The public can view two 300 ton cranes put the truss into place at 30 McLean Crescent from a designated viewing area on the U of M’s Fort Garry campus.

The new structure originally began construction on February 1, 2010, and once complete, will be 13 storeys high. The project is scheduled to be completed by August 2011.




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