PRATT — Usually, people see lots of birds flying in Pratt’s Lemon Park. But for a while earlier this month, a restroom took to the air as it was set in place by a crane as the latest update for park.
The new restroom facility, located between the ball diamonds on the east side of the park, will have areas for men and women and a utility room. The floor, walls and roof are made of reinforced concrete and the building can be used as a tornado shelter, said Lynn Lyles, truck driver for 4 L Enterprises that brought one of the precast sections to Pratt. Jason Hisey, driver for Illinois Valley Trucking out of Hillsboro, Texas brought the other half.
Although the outward appearance of the building looks like blocks, the facility is made entirely of reinforced concrete and is tornado rated. The modular construction of the building allows for a section to be removed and replaced with a new section if it is damaged, Lyles said.
Northwest Crane Service, based out of Oklahoma City with offices in Tulsa, Elk City, Stillwater, Davis and Woodward, was on hand to lift the two units off the trucks and set them in place.
Before the buildings could be moved into place, some dirt on the mound had to be removed to give room for the support legs for the crane. Roy Sinclair, Pratt city worker, used a front end loader and moved several loads of dirt to make room for the suit.
Crew members from Northwest Crane and Ruler Inc. that put the buildings together, helped hold each unit stable with ropes as it was moved from the trucks to the site.
Utility pipes were already in place and Northwest crane operator Charlie Coffey gently lifted the buildings off the trucks then, with help from Northwest and Ruler crew members, placed the building pieces precisely on the prepared location.
Octavio Ortiz, crew chief for Ruler Inc. out of Whitney, Texas, and in charge of marrying the buildings, said the second unit to be placed would be lined up with the first unit then moved enough to get cable threaded between the two units and set back on the ground where the units would be drawn together.
The new restroom facility is on the east side of the park between the ball fields. It is on a raised mound and will be available year round, said Brad Blankenship, city inspector.