Groves Equipment Rental recently donated a custom-painted Grove RT880E rough-terrain crane to Baylor University to help in the construction of a new football stadium. Groves owner, Steve McReynolds, his wife, three of his children and many of his cousins are alumni of the school.  

The new Baylor football stadium, located next to the Brazos River, the longest waterway in Texas, will have boat slips so fans can enjoy water access to the games. The donated crane will be erecting steel for the stadium’s structure and installing a variety of construction materials.

McReynolds chose the new RT880E rough-terrain crane for the project because of its reach and capacity. He also had it painted in the school’s colors — “Baylor Green” and “Baylor Gold” — and had decals of the school’s logos placed on the crane. The crane is meant to boost school spirit when students and alumni see it working.  

“I am happy to give back to my alma mater in a unique and meaningful way,” McReynolds said. “Also, this crane, with its reach, capacity and mobility, is ideal for the work that needs to be done on the stadium.”

The RT880E has a 128-foot Megaform boom and an 80-ton capacity.

When finished, Baylor’s new football stadium will hold 45,000 spectators and will have the flexibility to expand to a 55,000-seat capacity in the future. It is expected to bring more football games to the Baylor campus, and to stimulate riverfront development and revitalize downtown Waco, Texas, as well as bring jobs and other economic development to the region.

Groves Equipment Rental Co. has supplied heavy construction equipment to the construction, oil and chemical industries along the Gulf Coast for more than 50 years. H&E Equipment is the Manitowoc dealer for Groves. The Baton Rouge-based H&E offers a host of services for all of the Manitowoc crane brands, including crane rentals and sales, parts and services, and training.

The contractors in charge of the Baylor stadium project are Dallas-based Austin Commercial, and Tulsa, Okla.-based Flintco. Both companies have worked on Big 12 football facilities before, including Oklahoma State’s Boone Pickens stadium, Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium and Texas Christian University’s Amon G. Carter Stadium. 

Work on Baylor’s new stadium began the first week of February and is expected to be complete in the fall of 2014. 

Manitowoc, maker of the Grove RT880E rough-terrain crane, also provides tower cranes and mobile cranes for the heavy construction industry.