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!
It’s pretty amazing the work that can get done when a lot of resources and money are thrown at one project. Past examples of this include a gigantic sinkhole that was repaired in Japan in just under a week, the complete emergency rebuild of Atlanta’s I-85 overpass that was completed a month ahead of schedule, and this video of 116 excavators working side by side to demolish a 1,640 foot long overpass overnight.
When anyone sees a hard hat, they typically immediate associate it with construction. It’s the ultimate symbol of safety on the job site. We all know we should wear them, but it’s easy to get annoyed with the minor inconvenience that they cause and forget about the extreme consequences that could result if a falling object catches us when we aren’t wearing one.
Cameras are EVERYWHERE these days. They’re on sites documenting the full construction process of your project, they’re on projects taking 360 degree progress footage, and most importantly, they’re in your pocket on your smartphone. Having a camera in your pocket at all times can be a good or bad thing, especially for employers, because not only can it make lives much easier for communication and documentation purposes, but it also gives people the chance to show the world when things go absolutely terribly.
With cranes being on many construction sites, it’s easy for workers to get complacent. Hundreds or thousands of construction materials can be lifted by cranes throughout the project, but all it takes is one time for a disaster to occur.
On Sunday, demolition contractors tried to bring down the upper portion of the Pontiac Silverdome, former home to the Detroit Lions, but several of the explosives didn’t ignite and the structure was still upright after the smoke cleared. After videos of the failed demolition were posted online, the internet had a field day.
Construction timelapse videos make extremely complicated and long projects look much easier to build than they actually are. The recently opened Louvre in Abu Dhabi took 8 years to complete, but you can watch the full process in only 3 minutes.
High winds can cause problems in many situations on a job site, especially with cranes and scaffolds. A horrific crane collapse in downtown New York City was caught on tape after a gust of wind knocked it down in early 2016. Last week, high winds caused more problems at construction sites, as it knocked over a scaffold above a busy sidewalk and sent a suspended scaffold swinging out of control and crashing into a building.
Getting the perfect view of a major building demolition can get you millions of hits, or even better, shared by us right here on Construction Junkie. Have your video get epic-ly photobombed and you’ll get even more views and definitely shared by us.