Milwaukee-based Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental recently provides its services Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, for a complete overhaul of its video scoreboard system that started with the removal of the familiar Miller Park sign that’s been in place since the original opening day, April 6, 2001.

The $10 million project began on Oct. 14, when a crane from Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental lifted the 15,000-pound, 15- by 75-foot sign and its 17,000-pound steel framing from its place above the current scoreboard to make room for a new state-of-the-art scoreboard system that will include a built-in Miller Park sign.

Dawes’ Grove GMK 6350 all-terrain crane was positioned in a parking lot outside the stadium for what is known as a “blind pick,” meaning the crane operator could not see the lift spot over the stadium structure. The crane, outfitted with a 196-foot boom and 62-foot jib, had to clear the 140-foot-tall center field roof of the stadium and reach 50 feet inside to the lift area, relying on riggers and the signalperson/flagger to guide the pick. The Dawes team successfully engineered the lift using the web-based 3-D Lift Plan application.

“It’s another example of how we make projects easier for contractors and help make them more productive,” said Kirk Williams, Dawes sales representative on the project.

The new 6,000-square-foot scoreboard system in center field will become the third-largest video board in the major leagues.

The Miller Park project is being overseen by general contractor Mortenson Construction, with J.P. Cullen & Sons performing the installation and rigging.

Dawes is a certified dealer of new equipment for Broderson, Elliott, Genie, Gradall, JLG, Link-Belt, Lull, National Boom Trucks, Peiner, Potain, Skyjack, Sky Trak, Snorkel, Shuttlelift and Terex for Wisconsin.

Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental, with four locations in Wisconsin, is a member of the Cleveland-based ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. family of companies, which is No. 12 on the RER 100.