A New Home for Cranes Time Lapse | International Crane Foundation

International Crane Foundation


A New Home for Cranes Time Lapse


We’re building excitement!
Watch mesmerizing time-lapse videos of the construction progress on our site.

The exhibit area of our campus is undergoing a dramatic transformation as we renovate our crane exhibits and build a new visitor center! We are thrilled that each new crane exhibit will have a water feature and natural landscaping. In addition, our interpretive message will take flight beyond our headquarters as our visitors are immersed in the stories of the cranes and their cousins in the wild.

But the beginning of this project requires moving many tons of earth and installation of new infrastructure to support the updated systems. We are documenting this change using time-lapse photography we will share as short videos twice each month.

A GoPro Hero5® camera, secured in a weatherproof housing, is programmed to take a photo every minute, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the work week. An extra-large capacity SD memory card, external battery and solar panel to charge the battery are mounted on a pole just outside the construction zone, giving a panoramic view of the activity. The camera generates 496 JPEG images every day. Each video shows ten to twelve eight-hour days compressed into fewer than three minutes!

We are very excited to share this record with you. We hope you will watch new sequences as they are posted and the finale draws near. We know it will be worth the wait.

Darcy Love
Site Renovation Project Manager

Dec. 3 – 15, 2018
Footings are poured for our new visitor center

Jan. 2 – 15, 2019
Our iconic “observation tower” is dismantled

Feb 1 – 14, 2019
Winter has a firm grip on our project, but work continues!

March 18 – 29, 2019


May 6 – 17, 2019

July 9 – 19, 2019

A busy crew takes advantage of dry weather at the George Archibald Welcome Center, getting the standing seam roof underway.

Oct. 1 – 18, 2019

Nov. 11 – 19, 2019

Dec. 6 – 13, 2019

Dec. 16 – 31, 2018
Unseasonably warm weather allows work to continue

Jan. 15 – 29, 2019
Hello, winter! The Polar Vortex pauses work on site

March 3 – 15, 2019

April 2019

April showers held up work on our renovation for about a week, but incredible progress happened during the rest of the month. Our new visitor’s center is quickly taking shape.

May 18 – 31, 2019

July 20 – Aug. 1, 2019

Finishing touches are put on the roof and exterior work begins on the walls of our signature building, the George Archibald Welcome Center.

Oct. 21 – 31, 2019

Nov. 20 – 29, 2019

Dec. 16 – 20, 2019