Antennas and Sectors Replacement Project in Florida

Case Study:

Overcoming High Winds and Site Challenges for a Successful 5-Sector Cell Tower Project

What was the challenge?

Our valued client and partner, a telecommunications infrastructure services provider that offers end-to-end solutions for telecom operators, has hired Alpha Platforms for another crucial and time-sensitive 5-sector cell tower upgrade project in Spring Hill, Florida

The first challenge was to get to the site. The site presented difficult sandy terrain conditions through the forest with overhanging tree branches, which posed obstacles to getting to the site. Heavy cranes would struggle to navigate and risk getting stuck.

The second obstacle was Florida's famous high winds. Our team had to organize safe work around delicate equipment at 190 feet high with winds of up to 27 miles per hour. Normally, most cranes would call off their operations at 17 miles per hour.

The third challenge was completing the project within just 5 days.

What was the solution?

Alpha Platforms dispatched the 250-foot-tall truck-mounted aerial platform equipped with a 60-ft upper boom. Its 12-foot-wide/1,320 lb loading capacity work basket allows you to easily lift a crew and equipment to hard-to-reach places: up, over, and around the cell tower, between, above, and under the antennas, providing 360-degree access around the tower.
Mounted on light but mighty 5-axle Kenworth chassis, the lift safely navigated through rough and sandy forest terrain to the job site with no delays. Upon arrival at the site, some of the sectors were nearly assembled and ready. The Alpha crew wasted no time and began work immediately. The operator of the Alpha Platforms set up and leveled the lift, ensuring that it was ready to transport the crew within 20 minutes of their arrival at the site.
The lift’s work basket hoist and its power lift system were used to hoist removed outdated antennas and sectors and to lift new sectors and antennas to 190 feet to be mounted on a cell tower.
The specs of our state-of-the-art A-250 lift:

What was the outcome?

The project unfolded over several stages. Despite facing winds up to 27 miles per hour 18 outdated antennas and a few naked sectors were removed in just a day and a half. Subsequently, two and a half days were dedicated to installing new sectors and 15 new antennas, using Alpha’s work cage Power Lift System, and eliminating the need for an external crane. The work was carried out from several set-up positions to ensure maximum safety during lifting operations. As the client was committed to completing the project as scheduled, the Alpha crew continued working even after sunset until the job was done.

This project exemplifies Alpha Platforms' dedication to overcoming challenges, prioritizing safety, and delivering efficient solutions for our valued clients.

The fifth day was used for final adjustments, ensuring a seamlessly upgraded and fully operational cell tower. As a result, despite the persistent challenges, including challenging site access and high winds, Alpha Platforms with the client’s team completed the project as scheduled within five days.

Our precise German-made lifts have become the height access method of choice for those who try them, as they combine unmatched productivity, safety, and reach.
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Notable 250 Foot Boom Lift Capabilities
  • 12-foot extra large cage
  • 1,322 lbs lifting capacity for crew, equipment, and materials
  • Cage rotation 2 x 200°
  • Side reach up to 130 feet
  • Unique "under and up" or "up and over and back" access
  • Smooth controlled motions to move close to and around glass and fragile structures
  • Jib length 60’

Customer Testimonials
from Case Studies

Carlos Honorio Jr.
Honorio Designs

Great experience! First time on the 300 foot boom for a Local Law Facade Inspection. Vadim, the operator, was in complete control of the equipment and made the whole process smooth. Flagmen secured the area below and allowed my Client to operate their hotel without any disturbance. Honorio Designs Architecture, PLLC

Brian Rosado Hernández
The Telecom Company Foreman

Excellent service, arriving on time every day, responsible with the load limit, very attentive to the lubrication and controls of the crane.

Thomas Inciarte
Telecom Company Representative

Excellent team working with us, always willing to do anything for the best

The Signage Company Owner

It was a pleasure to work with Alpha Platforms, the crew was skilled and helpful, the equipment was top-notch. Our installers appreciated the security of the platform vs working off of a swing stage, it made their job easier and more efficient. From the first meeting thru to the end of the work day everything ran as smoothly as it could. We will definitely be partnering with Alpha Platforms on future projects. Thank you for your help!

Ryan Hughes

I had an emergency project on a 140' high voltage tower and needed Alpha Platforms next day. They were so helpful and expedient walking me through the entire process so I was comfortable with the deal. They showed up to my site next day and cut about 2 days off of the project due to the safety, speed and efficiency of their lift and operators. I'll never rent or hire another lift company. I would recommend Alpha platforms for all your high reach needs.

Liz Jones

Jon told me that it was a pleasure to work with Alpha Platforms, the crew was skilled and helpful, the equipment was top notch. Our installers appreciated the security of the platform vs working off of a swing stage, it made their job easier and more efficient. From first meeting thru to the end of the work day everything ran as smoothly as it could. City Sign Service, Inc. will definitely be partnering with Alpha Platforms on future projects.

Justin N.

That is a fine piece of equipment! And the competent, professional group that goes along with it is just the cherry on top. I really appreciate everything. I'm sure we'll be able to use Alpha again in the future as we get these opportunities. In fact, it will only help our business knowing we have a safe, reliable solution to these over 50‘ height challenges.

Byron Nivelo

We had an exceptional experience with Alpha! They are professionals, great operator team. Overall reliable, recommended will certainly return for my future needs hands down.

Nick Muhlon

My company used alpha lifts to clean a 14 floor building and they were great. Very accommodating, always on time, and will work with you to get the job done safe and sound. The lifts they provide are state of the art and can pretty much reach any low rise building under 250 feet. I’d recommend them to anyone doing window cleaning or facade cleaning, or anything king of height access work!

Mike P.
Building restoration services family business owner

We wanted to give it a try and see what this boom truck could do. We loved the idea of a wide basket that could reach up to 30 feet and get to the brick wall over the roof. The main reason we loved the truck was how it maneuvered the boom to lower the bricks inside a dumpster, which was located behind the truck. It saved us at least one extra day of work. It all went great.

Jason A.
Director of operations, family-owned regional electrical services provider

Alpha has the most efficient and leanest site setup time I’ve ever seen. My brother, who is the top climber of our group, first struggled to understand how this cage could go around the tower better than the crane - and when it did the whole 360°, he became a believer. Also, each laborer said how incredibly safe they felt - very different from the small crane basket. We were able to secure and push back the panels in place without the basket ever moving.

Joseph A.
Head stone mason, national cathedral

The project was performed successfully, and we were really glad to have contactless means of reaching the building, as we all know that pipe scaffold might damage the structure, in this case, very very sensitive.

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