Water Park Construction

Case Study:

How to Accelerate the Most Expensive Mall Construction Project and Reduce Overall Cost

What was the challenge?

American Dream Meadowlands is the second-largest entertainment and commercial center in the US, taking a whopping 13 years and $6 billion to build. It is home to DreamWorks Water Park, the largest indoor water park in the United States. Inside the water park, the largest covered indoor wave pool with artificial waves lapping over 1.5 acres was under construction. The general contractor needed to lift and attach water park decorations and lighting as well as paint under the roof. They would have needed cranes combined with a very tall manlift for the workers to accomplish this. Unfortunately, available JLG and Genie lifts could not reach the necessary height to perform the required tasks.

The construction floor bustled with swarms of laborers with equipment hustling to complete various parts of the 8.5-acre water park. Setting up scaffolding for height jobs would have blocked the whole area and delayed the project another couple of months. Building and moving scaffolding around would have also cost $500,000 to $600,000 in equipment alone.

The result would have been cascading extra expenses on an already over-budget project.

The construction company faced a fast-approaching pool excavation start date with millions of dollars at stake. However, the current construction project was behind schedule and a quick solution was required. They needed to attach hanging decorations, the world’s tallest 142-foot tall indoor drop slide, and lighting to its high ceiling before the excavation could begin.

What was the solution?

To meet the burning timeline and save the budget, the client engaged Alpha Platforms for a week-long project to lift and attach large decorations and lights around the water park area.
Alpha Platforms dispatched its A-175, a 175-foot telescopic boom lift with a side reach of 120 feet. Its 31-foot maneuverable jib boom turned the generous 12-foot basket virtually 360 degrees to easily access every spot under the slide’s roof. All of this was accomplished from a single parking spot. Our basket can lift 1,320 lbs., reducing the number of trips up and down for most jobs at height.
Electrician with all his light fixtures and tools easily fit in our 12-foot basket.
Intervention by other heavy equipment would have been severely restricted due to the narrow entry point of just 13 feet, 6 inches tall. Our truck-mounted aerial platforms are 13 feet, 2 inches high, meeting federal regulations for commercial truck height.
Cranes handled large plane parts, while we lifted small parts, tools, and the working crew. The client’s team placed their welding machine in the cage and used hydraulic tools powered by the built-in lift basket outlets.
The work was done in the middle of a sweltering summer. The building was not air-conditioned during construction, and under the roof, the temperature was dangerously hot. Workers operated in two shifts: descending, resting, and cooling down every two hours in a special cooling room.
The specs of our state-of-the-art A-175 lift:

What was the outcome?

Alpha staffed two shifts of operators to work all day long, ensuring uninterrupted work. Portable air fans and air conditioners were installed in our cage to help reduce the effects of heat. In just a week, Alpha Platforms supported installation of the decorative airplane, light fixtures, and decorations of the waterslide. We worked alongside dozens of other teams and heavy equipment (cranes, JLG/Genie lifts), reaching and lifting parts to areas no JLG lift could reach, eliminating the need for multiple cranes. JLG/Genie lifts on site did not have the up-and-over capability, have a small cage size, low maneuverability, and no side reach – necessary elements for the successful completion of this project.

Using Alpha Platforms significantly accelerated the client's construction schedule and dramatically saved their budget.

We effectively eliminated the need for scaffolding in the swimming pool area, thereby keeping the pool area open for other simultaneous work.

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 175 Foot Boom Lift Capabilities
  • 12-foot extra large cage
  • 1,322 lbs lifting capacity for crew, equipment, and materials
  • Side reach up to 130 feet
  • Jib length 31’6’’
  • Smooth controlled motions to move close to and around glass and fragile structures
  • Parking in tight spaces 8’6’’ wide

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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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