Steel Elements partners with Engelberth Construction on fastest chairlift in North America
The Kanc8 chairlift made its debut at Loon Mountain this December
In mid-December,, the much-anticipated, eight-person Kancamagus 8 chairlift, more commonly known as the Kanc8, made its debut at Loon Mountain in Lincoln. The Kanc8 is the most technologically advanced chairlift in the Eastern United States. Engelberth Construction of Concord was the general contractor and Steel Elements International of Hudson provided specified contracting services for the garage that houses the chairlifts.
The landmark event was a momentous one for Steel Elements. For more than a decade, the southern New Hampshire contractor has partnered with some of the most reputable construction companies in the industry throughout the Northeast. But it was gratifying to be selected by Engelberth Construction to participate in building what InDepthNH called “a new era in lift transportation.”
Initial work commenced in spring 2021 with foundation placement and underground utilities in preparation for structural steel and framing work. As construction progressed, Steel Elements joined the project providing the framing, plywood, insulation, ACT and trim installations of the garage/parking area, for the eight-person lifts at the mountain’s base.
Steel Element’s Project Manager Kenneth Dufrense stated, “The overall project moved very swiftly to be ready for the 2021-22 ski season. Our team did an amazing job on making sure all the installations were done in only a matter of weeks. And we really enjoyed working with the Engelberth Construction team again!”
The Kanc8 system was designed by Dopplemayr D-Line technology, one of the world’s leading resort chairlift makers specializing in systems that feature supreme passenger comfort, quiet operation and time-saving maintenance. The lift is packed with features including ergonomically heated seats, weather-blocking tinted bubbles, and it carries 3,500 skiers per hour at a speed of 18-feet per second. Jay Scambio, president and general manager of Loon Mountain Resort, explained, “This lift offers our guests an experience unlike any other in the region. It is a huge step forward for Loon.”
About: Steel Elements, founded in 2010, is a commercial steel framing and drywall company providing specialty steel framing and drywall services throughout the New England area. The company’s projects are featured in multiple market sectors to include education, healthcare, military, recreation, government, retail, industrial, senior living, urban developments, multi-family, and hospitality.
About: Engelberth Construction offers top-notch service and decades of experience. They focus on providing personalized attention to their clients and supporting the local community. As a result, approximately 85% of their business is from referrals or repeat clients. The company’s extensive background features projects in the academic, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors with annual revenues exceeding $100 million.