Crews began installing trusses last month at the new Highlands Fire & Rescue Station located across the street from the post office.
Trusses are webbed structures used to support the weight of a building’s roof. In the case of the new HFR station, 18 trusses are being lifted into place.
Each truss is approx. 80-feet long and 13-feet tall and is made up of three pieces. Each piece weighs approx. 500 pounds and are being raised into place by a lull forklift, a forklift with a mechanical arm.
Pictured below crews install trusses at the new Highland Fire & Rescue Station
Construction is being handled by DR Reynolds and project Superintendent Todd Smith said he hopes to have all the trusses in place by Thanksgiving, but added that moving large metal structures isn’t something that should be rushed.
“My main concern is safety,” said Smith. “Making sure one of these doesn’t fall over in a strong gust of wind or something.”
Smith said the goal is to have the new building closed up by winter so work on things such as electrical and plumbing can be done indoors. He said roofers began work in early December.
Smith said over the next couple of weeks after the trusses are installed, crews will focus on the exterior walls and metal studs.