Sharp-eyed Juneau residents may have noticed on Wednesday that the massive tower crane that has dominated Juneau’s skyline for over two years is coming down. The 130-foot structure was erected in March 2013 before construction of the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives, and Museum Building and demolition of the old Alaska State Museum.
PCL project superintendent Rick Peterson said they hoped to finish dismantling the crane on Thursday so that construction crews can finish work on enclosing the museum building. The foundation for the crane is located adjacent to the artifact vault and inside the new museum itself, which required construction crews to build the museum around the crane tower. With most of the museum’s exterior work complete, the crane is being dismantled and the hole in the museum’s roof will be filled.