October 12, 2020
Seattle’s crane count increased by seven cranes, knocking Los Angeles off the top spot in Ryder Levett Bucknall’s (RLB) latest survey. Seattle now has 49 construction cranes compared to Los Angeles’ 41 in the Q3 2020 report. The Portland market had 27 cranes.
Residential tower projects accounted for 21 of the cranes across Seattle’s skyline, while 17 were at mixed-use developments and seven were on commercial office projects. Seattle’s Q3 2020 crane number matched what it was in July 2019, after dropping to 36 cranes in the Q1 2020 report.
Seattle’s Q3 2020 crane count increase was accomplished despite the COVID-19 shelter in place orders this year, which limited construction to essential projects. Work has resumed on a large number of residential projects placed on hold during that period.
The overall North America count dropped by 40 cranes, marking the first decrease since the July 2017 RLB Crane Index. Four of the fourteen cities surveyed experienced an increase; four are holding steady; and five saw a significant decrease ranging from -27% to -76%.
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