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Seattle Reclaims Crane Crown from Los Angeles

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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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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