Beam Me Up!

Matthew Claxton, Langley Advance - Friday, August 22, 2008

One of the key components of the Langley Events Centre was hoisted into place starting on Tuesday morning.

The first of a series of massive wooden trusses was lifted with a Gwil crane, then gently set down and bolted into place.

It will form part of the arched roof of the stadium, where up to 5,000 people will watch concerts and hockey games once the building is completed.

Moving the trusses was an exercise in both power and finesse. Each truss is 170 feet long, 23 feet high, and weighs 75,000 pounds.

Getting them set down just right took a number of skilled employees, including some who tugged the ends of the giant trusses with guide ropes.

A cluster of the building's owners, including private backers and Township staff, Mayor Kurt Alberts and council members, watched as the first truss was placed.

The Langley Events Centre is expected to be opened in March next year, if all goes according to schedule.

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