Officials from Canadian manufacturer ADF Group on Tuesday delivered the first 100 ton pedestals for the New York Wheel.
Rich Marin, president & CEO of The New York Wheel, accepted delivery of the first physical pieces of the wheel to reach the construction site via barge from Montreal.
Representatives from the Québec Government Office in New York ceremonially delivered the pedestals to Marin.
The New York Wheel, a 60-story observation wheel, will become one of the world’s tallest at 630 feet above New York Harbor when it opens in 2018.
The pedestals, which will hold up the 275 feet long legs of the Wheel, are the first physical pieces to reach the construction site via barge from Montreal and the construction of a $3 million temporary dock built by local Staten Island firm Reicon.
Construction of The Wheel to-date has generated over $26 million for the local Staten Island economy, according to the developer.
Guests at yesterday’s ceremony included Ed Burke, Staten Island Deputy Borough President, New York City Council Member Debi Rose, Laurent Waessa, Québec Government Office, Michael Viggiano, executive vice president, Skanska USA, Michael Attardo, senior vice president, Skanska USA as well as local Staten Island contractors and project partners.