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Tennis Court Relocation – A Unique Structural Moving Project in Pennsylvania

Just as the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament got underway on Monday, August 26, 2019, in Queens, New York, a relatively short drive away DeVooght House & Building Movers and Dingey Movers were prepping for their own week of exciting tennis action on the elevated/platform tennis courts at the North Park Paddle Ball Courts located in Allison Park, Pennsylvania.

With the 2019 Labor Day holiday just a few days away, Bart Dingey, Dingey House Movers, received a phone call to the relocate four platform tennis/paddle ball courts in located in Allison Park, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburg. The self-contained structures, located within an existing tennis court park, needed to be moved on a tree-lined roadway within the park grounds.

Having a nearly full schedule at the end of August, Bart reached out to Jason DeVooght in Brick, New Jersey, to see if their companies could work together to get the project completed before the long weekend. Working together would be a piece of cake, since our two companies had been friends for years.

With a handshake to move forward, Dingey secured the contract. Then both companies immediately mobilized equipment; Dingey bringing equipment from their facility in Zanesville, Ohio, and DeVooght bringing structural relocation equipment from their Wisconsin and New Jersey yards.

Bart Dingey and team arrived early on Sunday, August 25, 2019, and had time to place the main beams under the first 30’ by 60’ structure.

The Move

David DeVooght and team arrived Sunday night. Monday morning the well-rested team set four JSJS aluminum crib jacks under the main beams and lifted the first structure off the existing pier foundation.

Once lifted, two Holland Dollies and two Buckingham Power Dollies (32 tires in all) were placed under the main beams. A Buckingham BU-173 remote control unit was used to power the wheel system. The structure was moved to the new recreation area, lined-up over one of the four brand-new, pre-built pier foundations that had been installed around a common new-construction service building. After the structure was set down, we brought the equipment back to the original site and repeated the process for each of the remaining three structures.

By dinner time Thursday, the DeVooght and Dingey teams had prepped, moved and set down all four self-contained paddle ball courts. While the units were relatively light, the team had to maneuver the 30’ by 60’ units’ tall light poles around the heavily treed roadways.

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