Helicopter Being Used During Fleet Farm Construction


A new Fleet Farm is set to open in Sioux Falls this spring. Construction of the facility is drawing a crowd thanks to a unique building strategy. Because the Fleet Farm is so close to the airport, there are restrictions on how tall a crane can be on the site. 

“That’s something else. The guy flying that thing knows what he’s doing,” Terry Boxdorfer said. 

With a new Fleet Farm on the way, Boxdorfer says things are looking up for his neighborhood although he’s not used to seeing a helicopter work like a crane. 

“No sir,” Boxdorfer said. 

So he drove the two blocks from his house to check it out. 

“I think it’s pretty cool. We’re pretty excited about having Mills Fleet Farm come here. You don’t see this every day so we had to stop and look at it,” Boxdorfer said. 

Lloyd Companies is in charge of construction. With the airport just down the road, Wade Behm says his crew was only granted up to 160 feet for a crane.

“That was adequate to set the building and set the bar joists, the steel, the structure. It wasn’t high enough to get a crane that could reach to the middle of the building,” Behm said. 

So when nine loads making up the rooftop air handling units needed to be lifted to the center, they rotated to an air crane service. 

“Yeah you don’t see it all the time. I think they are used a lot more in rural areas,” Behm said. 

The flight crew from Minneapolis is peeking out to make sure things run smoothly on the ground. The construction schedule does shift a bit to make sure everything goes safely. 

“Like evacuating the building just so that if there is anything that goes on people are protected. Safety first,” Behm said. 

The teamwork and precision on display can sure draw a crowd lifting the spirits of locals. 

“Really something to see this happening here,” Boxdorfer said.

Lloyd Companies says the flight crew was able to set half of the rooftop air handling units. The 185,000 square foot location is scheduled to open next spring.

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