The Carlyle Residences

Location: Westwood, CA
Completion Date: 2008
Basic Equipment List: Building Maintenance Unit

The Carlyle Residences Westwood, Built in 2008 by the developers of the Plaza Hotel in New York and completed in 2008, is a 24 story tower at the west end of the Wilshire Corridor.

Sky Rider became involved in the project from the earliest design stages. Due to the layout of the roof and need for a helipad which effectively split the roof in half, two BMU’s were originally called for. As a cost savings measure, Sky Rider’s design team, working closely with the consultant and general contractor (C.S.Caulkins Co. and Swinerton Builders) were able to provide a single BMU system that would travel under the helipad to access both sides of the roof.

The drawing above shows the BMU path of travel around the track and below the helipad. The telescoping boom and rotating jib provides sufficient flexibility to allow access to the entire façade. A knuckle boom was added to the end of the main boom to allow enough clearance for the BMU to travel under the helipad.

Step 1. The BMU was completely assembled and tested in the factory prior to shipping.

Step 1. The BMU was completely assembled and tested in the factory prior to shipping.

Step 2. As the BMU was being shipped, the track support pedestals and track was installed by Sky Rider’s Crew.

Step 2. As the BMU was being shipped, the track support pedestals and track was installed by Sky Rider’s Crew.

Step 3. The track was clamped to the support pedestals and the clamp bolts were torqued in place.

Step 3. The track was clamped to the support pedestals and the clamp bolts were torqued in place.

Step 4. The BMU was disassembled at the factory and shipped to the site in two containers.

Step 4. The BMU was disassembled at the factory and shipped to the site in two containers.

Step 5. Shown here is the base being lowered between the two motorized wheel assemblies where they will be bolted together.

Step 5. Shown here is the base being lowered between the two motorized wheel assemblies where they will be bolted together.

Step 7. The assembly continued by bringing each component to the roof and installing it in its proper place using the construction crane.

Step 7. The assembly continued by bringing each component to the roof and installing it in its proper place using the construction crane.

Step 9. BMU traveling under the Helipad from East to West side of the building. Two operators are necessary to adjust for tight clearances.

Step 9. BMU traveling under the Helipad from East to West side of the building. Two operators are necessary to adjust for tight clearances.

Step 11. Commissioning of the installation includes a complete run-through of the machine at each work position.

Step 11. Commissioning of the installation includes a complete run-through of the machine at each work position.

Step 6. The boom was partially assembled on the ground before raising to the roof.

Step 6. The boom was partially assembled on the ground before raising to the roof.

Step 8. Underside of the Helipad. a

Step 8. Underside of the Helipad.
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Step 10. A telephone is available for communications at track level to the suspended platform.

Step 10. A telephone is available for communications at track level to the suspended platform.

Step 12. Final testing of the BMU before demonstration to owner and consultant.

Step 12. Final testing of the BMU before demonstration to owner and consultant.