Sarens working on world’s largest man-made sphere



Photo credit: MSG Entertainment

Sarens is working with W&W Steel Erectors on an engineered lifting operation in Las Vegas, Nevada. The project is the construction of MSG Sphere at The Venetian, a state-of-the-art entertainment venue that, once complete, will be the largest man-made sphere in the world.

Sarens’ equipment will be used to lift steel and concrete sections for construction of the main venue’s domed roof, a 13,000-tonne, largely self-supporting structure. Work will proceed at a relatively confined worksite close to the Las Vegas Strip, behind the famous Venetian Resort.

Equipment has been sent from Zeebrugge, Belgium to Port Hueneme, California, traveling for 30 days to reach the United States. It was then transported to Las Vegas over the course of 10 days and will remain on-site for the duration of construction. 

Equipment being used includes a CC 8800/1 crawler crane in SWSL configuration with 90m main boom and 84m Luffing jib; CC 6800/1 crawler crane in SWSL configuration with 84m main boom and 72m Luffing jib; and 12 axle lines Goldhofer SPMT trailer. 

The CC-8800 and CC-6800 will be lifting pre-assembled steel components. The two large cranes are positioned on opposing sides of the actual spherical building footprint allowing for ongoing steel erection from each crane.