The city of Detroit, Michigan and its surrounding areas have a historic past, but sometimes, to move forward, the past has to be destroyed. Such was the case with Detroit’s 81 year old Park Avenue Hotel, which will make way for the Detroit Red Wings’ new arena, and now, the city of Marysville, Michigan has said goodbye to its 93 year old power plant, affectionately named the “Mighty Marysville.”
The Times Herald put together a great rundown of the history of the power plant (which you can see here), complete with several interviews of people who worked at the plant throughout the years. The coal burning plant was operational between 1922 and 2001, but was decommissioned in 2011. At its peak, it generated roughly 167 megawatts of electricity and employed 250 people.
After sitting vacant for 3 years, a development company bought it in order to turn the area into a shopping center, condominiums, and a hotel. To make way, the building had to be demolished.
Below you can see the entire video of the implosion, which was uploaded to Youtube by CarWarz. The second half of the video is the implosion in slow motion, so you can see all of the explosions much easier. Enjoy!
While placing concrete on the 7th floor of a new hotel in Houston, TX, 16 construction workers were suddenly sent falling to the 6th floor below, sending 9 of them to the hospital, according to local news reports.
As a storm blew through the Dallas, Texas area on Sunday afternoon, a tower crane standing near an occupied apartment building collapsed causing at least one fatality and 6 injuries.
Completed in 1976, the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada held the record for the tallest freestanding structure in the world from 1975-2007, until it was supplanted by Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. At its highest point, the CN Tower, which is mainly used as a communications and observation tower, reaches 1,815.4 feet (533.33m). Last year, the tower underwent a $16 million renovation and Priestly Demolition shared a fascinating, in-depth video for how they took care of the demolition of the interior space and walls.
Cranes collapsing on-site are serious business, especially since many of them resulted in the loss of life. A recent crane collapse on a construction site in Alpharetta, GA was caught on camera after it caught fire, but luckily no one was injured.
There are a lot of different specialty construction contracting sectors within the industry and cruise ships are definitely one of them. There are plenty of unique challenges when dealing with a moving ship versus a static building. A recent accident highlighted the challenges when a crane collapsed on a cruise ship under renovations, injuring 8 people.
Demolitions by implosion can be fun to watch when they go right – or wrong – but nearby residents can be greatly affected by the high powered blasts and huge clouds of debris that follow. A few years ago, a botched demolition in England left dozens of nearby residents unable to return to their homes for several days. Last week, an obsolete Steel Basic Oxygen Plant in Weirton, West Virginia is leaving residents in a similar situation.
Over the years, Liebherr, the German Crane Manufacturer, has given us some absolutely amazing videos. For example, they put on a show for their best customers one year and lifted one crane with another crane, which was lifted by a third crane, which was then lifted by a fourth crane. Another video highlighted the 58 cranes that were on site at the same time at the world’s largest airport build in Istanbul. Well, the company is back at it again, this time on top of Europe’s new tallest building.