In two days it will be the site of both the College World Series of Baseball and the Olympic Swim Trials. Today, however, the city of Omaha is making quick use of different kinds of equipment to fill in pot holes throughout the city. Much of the work was completed before the baseball games began, but with the biggest crowds expected the last Monday and Tuesday in June, some work still remains.
Sometimes even cities with fleets of their own equipment still make use of equipment rental for construction projects that have a short completion window. Pot holes and other road problems, for example, often develop at several locations at once. Unexpected high temperatures in the city of Omaha on the Friday before Father’s Day caused one major road to buckle in at least seven spots. Anxious to complete a large amount of repair work at once, cities might rent various construction equipment to complete the jobs with several different crews.
When a city like Omaha prepares for big events like the College World Series and the Swim Trials, they may also rent aerial scissor lifts and other heavy equipment to hang street wide banners and commemorative banners from street light posts, stadium entrances, and other large structures. The need to rent equipment rather than purchase often arises from once a year events. For example, a large city may use boom lift rentals to hang holiday lights and then again to take them down. Renting the equipment makes more sense than buying equipment that would sit idle much of the time and require expensive storage between uses.
Equipment rental for construction projects is also common for once a year concert sites that need to assemble large stages, lighting, and sound systems. This same equipment can also be used at the end of an event to take down the stage and accessories, as well as to remove large amounts of left over trash.
America Is a Major Force in the world Wide Construction Industry
with its market share of 10%, the U.S. is the second largest construction market in the world. More than 7 million women and men work in the industry that is responsible for building and repairing roads, buildings, and bridges. And while many cities and federal agencies own many pieces of construction equipment, an equal number use equipment rental for construction projects that are both short term and long term. By renting heavy equipment, state and local agencies as well as private businesses do not need to pay for maintenance and storage. Rented equipment can be used when needed and returned for safe keeping when it is no longer needed. Heavy machinery, much of it rented is combined with the 7 million person labor force to create the $296.4 billion in U.S., private and commercial buildings across the country.